Karl requests Enterprise Zone Status for Lincoln

The City of Lincoln’s Member of Parliament, Karl McCartney MP, has asked the Minister of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Anna Soubry MP, to consider granting Lincoln an Enterprise Zone.


Karl’s Question in the House of Commons followed his fellow Conservative and Lincolnshire MP, Stephen Phillips QC’s own Parliamentary Questions on the effects in Lincolnshire of the Government’s policies on small businesses.


The MPs’ Questions and the Minister’s Answers are set out below:


Stephen Phillips QC MP (Sleaford and North Hykeham):

“What assessment he has made of the effects in Lincolnshire of the Government’s policies on small businesses.”


The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Anna Soubry MP, Broxtowe):

“…From 2010 until 2014, there was a 28,000 increase in the number of private sector businesses in the East Midlands and last week it was an absolute pleasure to meet representatives from LEPs right across the Midlands, including members from the LEPs in Lincolnshire and there was such enthusiasm to make the Midlands the engine that we want it to be replicating the Northern Powerhouse… Small businesses we know are at the heart of our long term economic plan.”


Stephen Phillips QC MP:

“I’m grateful to my Rt. Hon. Friend for that answer. She’ll want to join me in welcoming the latest figures showing that employment in the North East, the North West and the East Midlands is all growing faster than in London. Will she ensure that this record of growth and prosperity outside of London continues, reflecting this Government’s One Nation approach?”


The Minister of State, Anna Soubry MP:

“Can I just completely echo all the sentiments of the Hon. Gentleman, and absolutely agree with him. In fact between 2010 and 2014, 58% of net new jobs were created outside of London and the South East, whereas between 2004 and 2010 that was only 37% and, as I say, this is only further evidence of our long term economic plan working.”


Karl McCartney MP (City of Lincoln):

“Considering the growth of business opportunities in our County, and particularly the City of Lincoln, does the Minister think we could build on the recently announced £130 million investment in the University of Lincoln, a chief component of the Midlands engine, and grant us Enterprise Status?


The Minister of State, Anna Soubry MP:

“I thank the Hon. Gentleman for his question, and I’m very happy to triumph Lincoln given it’s the City of my birth if I may say. In any event, I’m very happy to meet with him to talk about the future of the University and the real role it can play. As I’ve said before Mr. Speaker, forgive me for repeating it, I met all the representatives from the LEPs right across the Midlands, indeed we talked about Lincoln University and it’s real desire to create this Midland engine and rightly so.”


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For further information, please contact Karl McCartney MP at karl.mccartney.mp@parliament.uk / 020 7219 7221.