To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 12 March 2018 to Question 131181 on small businesses: overseas trade, when the Export Strategy review will be completed; and whether that review will consider how the Government can best support businesses in the North East after the UK leaves the EU.
The Export Strategy will be published in the coming months and will set out measures to support businesses throughout the UK both before and after the UK leaves the EU. The terms of reference were published on 20 March, alongside a final call for business input into the strategy, to supplement evidence already gathered through a series of engagement events, including roundtables, which have taken place across the country.
We have already met representatives from the North East England Chamber of Commerce and will hold a roundtable event in the North East next month with local businesses which will identify any specific issues faced by them.
The strategy will be a strategy for the whole of the UK, and as set out in the terms of reference, covers working with other providers, including those relevant to the North East.