Fiona asks about support for the Aerospace Industry and receives confirmation of Ministerial Visit to Senior Aerospace Bird Bellows

Fiona asked:

"What steps the Government has taken to support aerospace businesses."

​The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Richard Harrington)

"You are racing ahead, Mr Speaker; we had got so far behind.

My hon. Friend should know that we are strongly supporting the aerospace industry through our aerospace growth partnership, which includes supporting business with nearly £2 billion of public research and development funding from 2013 to 2026. The sector deal for aerospace includes £125 million of funding to support the electrification of flight, developing new aircraft technologies and transport concepts. I am sure that will be excellent for your future holidays, Mr Speaker."

Fiona Bruce

"What plans do Ministers have to extend the Sharing in Growth scheme in the aerospace industry? It has helped Congleton business Senior Aerospace Bird Bellows to improve productivity and secure new orders. The company is very much looking forward to receiving the Minister on his planned visit to Congleton in March."

Richard Harrington

"I am very much looking forward to seeing my hon. Friend on that visit. We are in dialogue with senior management at Sharing in Growth about the scope to extend the programme further, and that will continue ahead of the comprehensive spending review."