To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
(1) what steps he has taken to (a) assess the overseas market for and (b) promote the export of railway rolling stock manufactured in the UK;
(2) what steps he has taken to promote the export of railway rolling stock manufactured in the UK.
The UK Trade and Investment's (UKTI) rail sector team collects market intelligence from our commercial sections in UK embassies, high commissions and industry sources. This feeds into an annual UKTI rail sector action plan which is devised to identify overseas business opportunities for the UK rail sector. It is agreed in partnership with industry representatives who sit on the UKTI Rail Sector Advisory Group (which includes a roiling stock manufacturer) and the promotion of rolling stock equipment exports is part of that action plan. UKTI and relevant parts of the industry actively pursue these opportunities through a number of targeted activities including trade missions to key markets, inward VIP visits, and major rail exhibitions.