To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if the Government will recognise the partnership formed by local authorities in Lancaster, the South Lakes and Barrow in Furness to allow that partnership to develop its own local industrial strategy for the area served by the Morecambe Bay Economic Initiative.
We will work in partnership with places to develop Local Industrial Strategies, which will be developed locally and agreed with government. We will agree the first Local Industrial Strategies by March 2019.
As we set out in the Industrial Strategy White Paper, Local Industrial Strategies will establish new ways of working between national and local leaders in both the public and private sectors. I have been encouraged by the enthusiasm local areas have shown for Local Industrial Strategies. Places in England with a Mayoral Combined Authority will have a single strategy led by the mayor and supported by Local Enterprise Partnerships. For parts of the country without a mayor, the development of the strategy will be led by the Local Enterprise Partnership.