It has been a very busy start to the week as I travelled to Edinburgh with the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee, before contributing to a range of Parliamentary debates on Tuesday in Westminster.
The trip to Edinburgh encompassed a wide range of issues relating to the work of the BEIS Select Committee. We met with representatives of the Green Investment Bank in order to discuss its performance and future as well as the Scottish Government to discuss the energy sector, energy innovation and Brexit. On Sunday evening, we met with the Scottish Whisky Association, representing a significant sector for the UK economy, to hear its priorities as the Government negotiates our exit from the EU. The trip was insightful and productive in terms of the Committee's work.
In Parliament on Tuesday, I started the morning by contributing to a debate on Intellectual Property, highlighting the importance of protecting businesses operating in sectors such as the creative industries. I therefore welcomed the inclusion of Intellectual Property in the Government's Industrial Strategy. I also succeeded in the ballot for Treasury questions and was asked the Minister about government plans to support our regional economy, with particular reference to the automotive sector. If we are to embrace the shift to electric vehicles, it is imperative that we provide the necessary infrastructure.
Later in the day, I spoke in a debate on the Government's Productivity Plan. Improving productivity in the UK economy is important if we are to realise our potential in terms of economic growth. Our productivity in the Midlands is lower than the European average and I welcomed the opportunity for MPs to debate how best to reverse that trend.
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