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MPA sets out new Priorities for Government

Jerry McLaughlin

Brexit must not divert attention from the vital importance of industrial competitiveness 

THE Mineral Products Association (MPA) has set out its new ‘Priorities for Government’, urging Cabinet ministers to improve delivery of projects and not take for granted the vital role that the mineral products industries have in delivering the homes, public and commercial buildings and infrastructure which society relies upon.

The MPA says that as Brexit unfolds, mineral products will continue to be essential and there remains a fundamental responsibility for the Government to deliver the conditions within which industry can thrive, as well as a responsibility for industry to invest so that continuing demands for mineral products can be met sustainably.

The new document, released ahead of the Brexit deadline, outlines eight priorities for the Government and industry, which the MPA believes will help deliver continuing prosperity for the UK: 

  • Building confidence for business investment
  • Enhancing industrial competitiveness
  • Boosting growth and productivity
  • Strengthening UK supply chains
  • Making industry taxation fairer
  • Improving regulation
  • Meeting future demands for mineral products generated by economic growth and development
  • Improving the sustainability of UK supply.

Writing to the Chancellor, Sajid Javid MP, and the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Andrea Leadsom MP, Jerry McLaughlin (pictured), executive director at the Mineral Products Association, wrote:  

‘Our members’ products are essential to the economy and to quality of life, for building homes and infrastructure projects, and underpin critical industries including agriculture and water. Government relies on our members to deliver its priorities, from schools and hospitals to bridges, roads and energy infrastructure. Our members want to see a competitive UK, attracting global investment, with strong supply chains and robust investment in housing and infrastructure. This is vital for our members but also for the businesses that rely on the products we provide. All our members provide job opportunities, skills and progression as employers across the country, with 74,000 people employed by our members.’

A copy of the ‘Mineral Products Industry Priorities for Government’ report can be downloaded below.

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