Manufacturing Industries: Trade Competitiveness

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 9th February 2012.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the effects of delays in the speed of supply chain production on the global competitiveness of leading UK manufacturing companies; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

holding answer 7 February 2012

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has not carried out any formal assessment of the effects of delays in the speed of supply chain production on the global competitiveness of leading UK manufacturing industries.

The impact of disruption to global supply chains can have an adverse impact upon the UK economy. As an example, the Office for National Statistics indicates there is some evidence of the transport equipment sub-sector and motor vehicle production being affected by the after-effects of the Japanese tsunami during the second quarter of 2011.

The Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative, of up to £125 million, was announced on 6 December 2011 and will provide support to improve the global competitiveness of advanced manufacturing supply chains.

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