15 December 2020
Harriett Baldwin calls for UK businesses to benefit from green industrial revolution

Harriett Baldwin welcomes the energy White Paper and asks what the Government is doing to make sure that it is UK-based businesses that grow and UK jobs that are created as a result of the green industrial revolution.

Harriett Baldwin MP speaking in the House of Commons

Covid-19: Support for Businesses

Harriett Baldwin (West Worcestershire) (Con)

What steps his Department is taking to support businesses during the covid-19 outbreak. (910301)

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Nadhim Zahawi)

My Department continues to deliver a wide range of measures to support UK businesses. We have extended our loan schemes, which have already delivered more than £65 billion of finance, until the end of January.

Harriett Baldwin 

That level of support is impressive, and I also thank the Minister for all he is doing on the vaccine roll-out. There are sections of the UK economy that are going to grow rapidly, not least the green industrial revolution, thanks to the energy White Paper announced yesterday. What steps is he taking to make sure that it is UK-based businesses that grow the workforce and benefit from the job creation as a result of the green industrial revolution?

Nadhim Zahawi 

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for her excellent question. The 10-point plan will build on the nearly half a million green jobs that already exist in the UK economy, supporting up to 250,000 further high-skilled jobs. The House will be interested to know that we are talking about 60,000 in offshore wind, 10,000 or more in nuclear, 50,000 in green and comfortable homes, 8,000 in hydrogen, 53,000 in carbon capture utilisation and storage and 40,000 in accelerating the shift to zero-emission vehicles.