Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the latest figures, released by UK Trade & Investment, which show that the UK won a record 1,431 investment projects from overseas companies in 2006/7.
The latest figures show a 17 per cent increase helping to create over 36,000 new jobs, and help to safeguard more than 41,000, bringing employment and wealth to every area of the UK. The UK – with its business friendly environment, political and economic stability, world-class creative talent, and strong research and development base – continues to act as a powerful magnet for foreign investors.
Key figures from the report include:
- Total projects up 17 per cent from 1,220 to 1,431
- 36,526 new jobs created and a further 41,831 safeguarded, bringing the total number of associated jobs to 78,357
- 600 of the total were new projects, accounting for 55 per cent of all the new jobs created
- 334 of the total were expansions by existing investors, accounting for 41 per cent of all the new jobs created
- 47 per cent increase in headquarters operations, to 223 projects
- Business services up 122 per cent, to 156 projects; financial services up 32 per cent to 99 projects
- Software and computer services up 82 per cent to 274 projects
- Life sciences up 37 per cent to 133 projects
- Mergers/acquisitions and joint ventures, accounted for 497 of the total number (up by 32 per cent on last year)
David Hanson said:
“This is now the fourth consecutive year that the UK has attracted a record number of investment successes, maintaining its position as the largest recipient of foreign direct investment in Europe and second only to the US world-wide.
“This Government’s determination to help businesses succeed is driving economic progress and has helped get 2.5 million more people in work over the last ten years and drive down unemployment by over 45 per cent in Delyn.
“The success of Airbus here in Flintshire proves that the UK can compete on the international stage, despite increasing competition and the challenges of globalisation.
“Working with the Government and local businesses I want Flintshire to continue to offer a attractive environment for inward investment. On top of this the Government must work with businesses, like Airbus, to ensure they have the investment they need to grow within the UK.”
Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the Government’s robust response to the weekend’s terrorist incidents.
David Hanson said:
“The top priority always has to be the safety of the British public and Ministers right across Government are working together to deliver a package of measures to tackle the terrorist threat.
“Since Friday morning, the Government have held four meetings of COBR, chaired by the Prime Minister and Home Secretary and attended by Ministers from key government departments and the police and intelligence agencies. The priority has been to coordinate the necessary responses to protect the public.
The police have substantially stepped up protective security measures including:
· high visibility patrols, including armed response vehicles;
· increased use of stop and search powers for vehicles and pedestrians;
· increased physical protection around airport terminal buildings, including tighter controls on access roads and installation of new barriers, in conjunction with airport operators and the Department for Transport.
“This Government has doubled expenditure on counter terrorism since September 2001 and has now started a full consultative review of counter terrorism legislation with a view to a Bill later this year.
“The Home office has been refocused and the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism has been developed. There is also now an established a weekly security board, chaired by the Home Secretary.
“I am delighted that so many community leaders have come out over the last few days to condemn these attacks. These are criminal acts, whose victims come from all walks of life and we need to ensure that their message of hate is rejected within our communities.”
Delyn MP David Hanson is asking the people of Delyn for their thoughts on whether moving General Elections from a Thursday to the weekend would make them more likely to vote.
David Hanson said:
“The Government is considering measures to make voting more convenient and is examining the case for moving voting to the weekend for both general and potentially local elections.
“Holding general elections on a working weekday puts the UK in a minority among Western democracies as most other European countries hold elections at the weekend or on a public holiday.
“Every general election in England since 1945 has taken place on a Thursday but the only requirement currently is that it must be held on a weekday. Before 1945 elections took place on a variety of days and the last general election to be held at the weekend was in 1918.
“I want to know whether you think moving elections to the weekend would make the system more convenient and potentially raise turnout.”
A new community centre which will be officially launched this week has already proved to be a major success with many local groups who use it on a regular basis.
Delyn Assembly Member Sandy Mewies with MP David Hanson will officially open Talacre Community Centre on Friday. Funding of £375,000 came from the Welsh Assembly Government through Article 33, BHP Billiton, a local business and Flintshire County Council.
The attractive centre is already widely used by local groups of all ages and offers a meeting place as well as central point of contact for residents.
Mrs Mewies said: “This is a fine example of local people, the Talacre Community Centre Trust working with others in the private and public sectors working together to provide an excellent facility. I am delighted to be have been invited to co-open the centre”.
Mr David Hanson MP said:
“It is good to see this brand new resource is already proving to be popular with the local community. The facility offers a real focal point for the town of Talacre
“It is a great privilege to officially open the centre with Sandy and I look forward to meeting some of the people that have worked so hard to get it up and running.”