We have some of the best research and development facilities in the world, so let us design British, build British, buy British and sell British.
All of us need to do what we can to support the British economy. So rather than simply rush to buy cheap imports, let's invest in British, build British, buy British and then sell British so that we maximise the benefit from our future free trade deals as an independent and sovereign nation.
There is much to be gained in the post-Covid-19 era and we must chase every global opportunity and I welcome recent signings of trade agreements with countries such as Japan and Ukraine.
James Sunderland welcomes the commitment to extra defence spending and urges the Government to ensure the extra money is spent responsibly and flexibly both to secure the best equipment for our armed forces and to support Global Britain by investing in the British defence industry and growing UK defence exports.
Following the Government statement on protecting workers’ rights as we build back from covid-19, James Sunderland says the best way of safeguarding jobs and livelihoods for workers in the business, energy and industrial sectors is to ease all covid restrictions.
During Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Questions, James Sunderland asks what the Department is doing to support the Department for International Trade to incentivise foreign investment in UK manufacturing.
James Sunderland calls for faster opening up of the travel sector; in particular people from countries with successful vaccination roll-outs should be able to come to the UK, there should be greater clarity on when countries are likely to be moved to the travel green-list and there needs to be more support for those employed in the sector.
James Sunderland welcomes the Advanced Research and Invention Agency Bill which will establish a new research funding agency specifically aimed at providing long-term investment in “high-risk, high-pay off” innovation and research ventures.
James Sunderland seeks assurance from the Government that current glitches with trade between the UK and the European Union are just teething problems and that the EU can be convinced to honour all protocols to ensure seamless free trade.
James Sunderland calls on the Government to use the Integrated Review to define the UK’s strategic role in the world; with better alignment of UK foreign and defence policy, enhanced defence expeditionary capabilities and a comprehensive defence industrial strategy to support our defence manufacturing sector.