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Government response to Business Committee Industrial Policy report published

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee recently (24 September 2021) published the Government’s response [include link] to the BEIS Committee’s Industrial Policy report (which was published on 28th June 2021).

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[Please note: In the Government response – the BEIS Committee’s original report recommendations are in bold type, the Government response is in plain type.]

Chair's comment

Commenting on the Government’s response published recently, Darren Jones, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, said:

“To help deliver clean growth and high-quality jobs, the Government needs to do more to demonstrate long-term clear leadership on industrial policy. Ministers are too often guilty of approaching industrial policy without any clarity or consistency.

“It’s also important that Ministers in Westminster work with devolved governments and regional leaders to come forward with meaningful metrics and regular, annual reporting on progress towards shared industrial goals across the union.”

Background – BEIS Committee report, Industrial Policy, 28th June 2021

The BEIS Committee report (also see news item) said that the Government had failed to set out its approach to industrial policy following the scrapping of the Industrial Strategy, leaving many businesses unclear about the future of the UK economy

The report made a series of recommendations to help ensure the Government sets out a strategic industrial policy, including a call for clarity on who is leading industrial policy in the UK.

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