Foreign Investment in UK

Treasury written question – answered on 19th December 2018.

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Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) (Digital Economy)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of Foreign Direct Investment in the UK in 2017-18 was represented by (a) acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures and (b) new investments or expansions.

Photo of John Glen John Glen Minister of State (Treasury) (City), The Economic Secretary to the Treasury

The proportion of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) attributable to merger and acquisition (M&A) activity can vary substantially from year to year. For instance, almost all of the inward FDI flows in 2016 can be attributed to a small number of high value deals. In 2017, the ONS recorded that 23.8% of FDI flows into the UK were due to mergers and acquisitions (net of disposals). The remainder can include acquisition of equity (share ownership), reinvested earnings and inter-company loans. However, we cannot ascertain how much new investment or expansions contributed to this remainder.

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