Minerals: Supply Chains

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 29th November 2022.

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Photo of Kieran Mullan Kieran Mullan Conservative, Crewe and Nantwich

If he will make an assessment of the potential contribution of onshore UK critical mineral supply chains to the levelling up agenda.

Photo of George Freeman George Freeman The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

A secure supply of critical minerals is fundamental to supporting almost all other UK manufacturing industries – such as automotive, aerospace, defence, energy and electronics. Without a reliable supply of critical minerals, the health of these industries, and the communities in which they operate would be adversely affected.

The Critical Minerals Strategy sets out the Government’s ambition to increase domestic capabilities in critical mineral supply chain, which has the potential to create well-paid jobs and boost productivity, particularly in areas such as Cornwall, Merseyside and Yorkshire.

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