Geoffrey Clifton-Brown highlights important role of UK Export Finance in increasing British exports

6th July 2017

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown welcomes Office for National Statistics figures that show exports up by 7% and highlights the important role of UK Export Finance as demand for British exports increases.

2. What steps he is taking to encourage businesses to take advantage of new opportunities for international trade. [900256]


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It is a great tribute to my hon. Friend’s Department that in the first year of its operation, the Office for National Statistics reports that exports went up by a huge 7% to £548 billion. Does he agree that with the increase in demand for British exports, UK Export Finance, with its widened role, has an important part to play?


My hon. Friend is absolutely right to raise that matter. I thank him for the work he does on the all-party parliamentary group for international trade and investment. He is absolutely right that the Department for International Trade needs to provide a suite of services, and that includes UK Export Finance. Some 7,000 businesses have been helped by UK Export Finance, the appetite for risk has been doubled and we have increased the number of currencies we can use from 10 to 40, from the Australian dollar to the Zambian kwacha. That is part of a very wide range of things and we have been successful so far.


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