Industry: Scotland

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 27th June 2018.

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Photo of Marion Fellows Marion Fellows SNP Whip, Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Small Business, Enterprise and Innovation)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what co-ordination his Department has had with similar Scottish Government (a) agencies, (b) programmes, (c) strategies and (d) advisory boards on the UK Government's Industrial Strategy.

Photo of Marion Fellows Marion Fellows SNP Whip, Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Small Business, Enterprise and Innovation)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what co-ordination his Department has had with similar Scottish Government (a) agencies, (b) programmes, (c) strategies and (d) advisory boards on the UK Government's Industrial Strategy to prevent duplication.

Photo of Marion Fellows Marion Fellows SNP Whip, Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Small Business, Enterprise and Innovation)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department has taken to facilitate (a) a partnership and (b) cooperation with the Scottish Government on (a) the UK Government's Industrial Strategy and (b) the Industrial Strategy's sector deals.

Photo of Richard Harrington Richard Harrington Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government’s ambitious Industrial Strategy sets out a long-term plan to boost productivity and earning power of people throughout the UK and made a commitment to working with colleagues across the devolved administrations on its delivery, where that is appropriate.

My rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State has had several meetings with the Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, and the Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy since the publication of the Industrial Strategy Green Paper in January 2017, most recently in April of this year.

This is in addition to a significant level of ongoing discussion between BEIS officials and partners and their counterparts in the Scottish Government, including UK Research and Innovation and the Scottish Government’s enterprise agencies. That engagement encompasses a wide range of matters, from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, to certain Sector Deals, and each of the four Grand Challenges.

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