Freeports

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered at on 16 October 2023.

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To ask His Majesty's Government which locations in Great Britain have been selected as Freeports.

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To ask His Majesty's Government whether they still intend to pursue the creation of Freeports in Northern Ireland; and whether doing so would cause any conflict with the Windsor Framework.

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Excellent progress has been made with Freeport delivery - all English Freeports are open for business and seven out of eight have final government approval. We have also announced two new Green Freeports in Scotland as well as two new Freeports in Wales. The location of each Freeport can be found on the Freeports page on GOV.UK.

The lack of a functioning Northern Ireland Executive has seriously limited the scope and nature of engagement in Northern Ireland on Freeports and on Investment Zones. Officials from the UK Government and the Northern Ireland Civil Service continue to work closely together. However, on this and on so many other areas where action is needed to grow the economy in Northern Ireland, we need rapid restoration of the Executive to allow projects like this to go ahead and to benefit from the opportunities provided by the Windsor Framework.

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