May I urge my right hon. Friend to consider creating free ports across the nation? Such free trade zones around our great port cities can simultaneously boost manufacturing, promote regional growth and grow exports—surely, all key ingredients in a successful industrial strategy.
I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his industry in this. He has published an excellent report for the Centre for Policy Studies, and the report makes for very good reading. He knows that I am considering it with my colleagues, and I commend him for writing it and putting it forward.
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Date Added: Tuesday 13th December 2016