Oral Question: Manufacturing


John Stevenson (Carlisle) (Con): What steps he is taking to support the manufacturing sector. [902085]

The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade (Sajid Javid): The best way the Government can support manufacturers is by sticking to their long-term economic plan. That includes cutting red tape by a further £10 billion, creating 3 million apprenticeships, lowering corporation tax and devolving budgets and powers to local leaders.

John Stevenson: My constituency of Carlisle in north Cumbria has a strong and healthy manufacturing sector. I helped to promote the industry locally by organising a skills fair, which the Minister for Skills will hopefully attend next year. However, what assistance can the Government give to Cumbria to attract skilled workers not just from Cumbria, but from other areas to help complete large infrastructure projects such as the nuclear new build at Moorside?

Sajid Javid: I commend my hon. Friend on his annual skills fair, which I know is already making a big difference to his constituents. He will be pleased to learn that the advanced manufacturing centre at Carlisle College will begin construction in 2016-17 with growth deal funding. There is no doubt that that will help to boost local skills.


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