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Manufacturing Industries: Foreign Companies

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 5th December 2018.

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Photo of David Simpson David Simpson Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in other countries on the benefits of manufacturers operating in those countries basing their manufacturing operations in the UK.

Photo of Graham Stuart Graham Stuart Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)

My Right Honourable Friend the Secretary of State regularly promotes manufacturing excellence and the benefits of investing in the UK, including with his counterparts from other countries. Recent examples include the Secretary of State’s visit to China, where he discussed investment in the UK technology sector, and his visit to Germany, where he met with Siemens.

The recent EY publication on FDI into Towns and Cities in the UK has shown that 57% of manufacturing FDI projects were attracted to places outside Core Cities or Large Towns, helping address geographic imbalances between cities and other locations benefits.

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