Free Zones

Treasury written question – answered on 8th October 2020.

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Photo of Peter Gibson Peter Gibson Conservative, Darlington

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of free ports on the level of international trade.

Photo of Steve Barclay Steve Barclay The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

The government plans to establish Freeports across the UK. These will be national hubs for trade, innovation and commerce, regenerating communities across the UK. They can attract new businesses, spreading jobs, investment and opportunity to towns and cities up and down the country.

Our Freeports consultation response, published on Wednesday 7 October, sets out in more detail how Freeports will unleash the potential of ports across the country.

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