Business Question: Skills

An MP has demanded reassurances from government that businesses across the district will not suffer as a result of changes to departmental responsibilities.

The former Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has become the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, under new Prime Minister Theresa May.

Shipley MP Philip Davies said skills and business went hand in hand.

Speaking in the Business question time, he said: “Skills have been removed from the department’s portfolio but yet for many businesses in the Bradford district access to talent remains a key challenge.

“How will the secretary of State ensure that education policy dovetails with his department’s priorities to ensure businesses have access to the skills they need.”

Business Minister Jo Johnson said putting skills in with apprenticeships and Higher and Further Education policy meant “government can now take a comprehensive end to end view of skills and education.”

Mr Davies added: “What we need in the district is strong businesses and a good skills base. That must come together and now it is split in two departments there must be close working to ensure access to talent for local businesses.”