Debates between Jack Brereton and Jake Berry

There have been 3 exchanges between Jack Brereton and Jake Berry

1 Tue 16th July 2019 Oral Answers to Questions
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
4 interactions (171 words)
2 Mon 10th December 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
2 interactions (104 words)
3 Mon 18th June 2018 Oral Answers to Questions
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
5 interactions (272 words)

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Jack Brereton and Jake Berry
Tuesday 16th July 2019

(1 year ago)

Commons Chamber
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Jack Brereton Portrait Jack Brereton (Stoke-on-Trent South) (Con) - Hansard

21. What recent steps he has taken to support growth in the midlands. [911973]

Jake Berry Portrait The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Jake Berry) - Parliament Live - Hansard
16 Jul 2019, 12:19 p.m.

We are supporting the midlands engine through the £250 million midlands engine investment fund and £1.6 billion of local growth funding. I congratulate the west midlands, which recently published its local industrial strategy. I feel certain that this will ensure jobs and growth for many decades to come.

Jack Brereton Portrait Jack Brereton - Parliament Live - Hansard

The ceramic valley enterprise zone in Stoke-on-Trent has been incredibly successful for our local economy by creating jobs. Will the Minister support continuing the ceramic valley enterprise zone and expanding it to include other sites in the city?

Jake Berry Portrait Jake Berry - Parliament Live - Hansard
16 Jul 2019, 12:20 p.m.

Having had the privilege of visiting the ceramic valley enterprise zone during a recent visit to Stoke-on-Trent, I am delighted to confirm that, once completed, it will have created over 7,000 jobs and redeveloped 140 hectares of former brownfield land. I hope to continue to work with my hon. Friend, who is a redoubtable campaigner for his constituency, to see what more can be done to expand this hugely successful site.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Jack Brereton and Jake Berry
Monday 10th December 2018

(1 year, 8 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Jack Brereton Portrait Jack Brereton (Stoke-on-Trent South) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard

T4. I was very pleased to welcome the high streets Minister to Stoke-on-Trent South recently. Would he agree that towns such as Longton and Fenton in my constituency are exactly the sorts of places that should benefit from the future high streets fund? [908114]

Jake Berry Portrait The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (Jake Berry) - Parliament Live - Hansard

It was a pleasure to join my hon. Friend shopping on his local high streets. The Government’s future high streets fund will help high streets to thrive, adapt and change. We will publish the prospectus shortly, and I would encourage Longton and Fenton, as well as the other towns that make up Stoke-on-Trent, to express their interest in the fund.

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Debate between Jack Brereton and Jake Berry
Monday 18th June 2018

(2 years, 1 month ago)

Commons Chamber
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Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Jake Berry Portrait Jake Berry - Parliament Live - Hansard

I am torn: I find myself partially agreeing with the hon. Gentleman, although I certainly do not agree that there has been no vision or leadership on the northern powerhouse. Since I became Minister we have announced a “minded to” deal for a North of Tyne combined authority, we have reaffirmed the commitment to the north Wales growth deal, we have announced that we intend to do a growth deal in the borderlands and the last Budget included £1.8 billion of new money going to the north of England.

Jack Brereton Portrait Jack Brereton (Stoke-on-Trent South) (Con) - Hansard

10. What steps his Department is taking to deliver economic growth through the midlands engine. [905887]

Jake Berry Portrait The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (Jake Berry) - Hansard
18 Jun 2018, 3:10 p.m.

We recently launched the £250 million midlands engine investment fund and agreed a second devolution deal with the Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street. We have also given £4 million to the midlands engine partnership to support a range of economic activity, including that of our very important ceramics sector.

Jack Brereton Portrait Jack Brereton - Parliament Live - Hansard
18 Jun 2018, 3:10 p.m.

I thank the Minister for that response. How best can we encourage new businesses into town centres in the midlands, like those in Longton and Fenton in my constituency, so we can see the revival of our high streets?

Jake Berry Portrait Jake Berry - Parliament Live - Hansard

The future health of our high streets is extremely important, which is why I am pleased to be able to announce today that my Department will launch a call for evidence over the summer looking at the future of our high street. We intend to establish an expert panel to diagnose the issues currently affecting the high street. I will be visiting my hon. Friend’s constituency shortly. I hope Longton and Fenton will make their voices heard.