Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 10th September 2018.

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Photo of Frank Field Frank Field Chair, Work and Pensions Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department is taking to encourage an increase in the level of production of UK-made components for the UK automotive industry.

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

The level of UK content by value in domestically produced vehicles increased to 44 per cent in 2017, up from 36 per cent in 2011.

As part of the Automotive Sector Deal, the government committed to invest £16m, subject to business case, for an industry led programme to raise the competitiveness and productivity of UK suppliers. This will support the industry’s ambition to increase level of UK content in domestically produced vehicles to 50 per cent by 2022.

Through the government’s investment in the Advanced Propulsion Centre, Faraday Battery Challenge, and connected and autonomous vehicles, we are supporting the development of technologies that will form the basis of future low carbon and zero emission supply chains.

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