The All Party Parliamentary Group on Critical Minerals welcomed the Government’s critical minerals strategy launch.
The strategy recognises that the future economy of the UK is dependent on critical minerals and nearly all of these are currently controlled by a foreign power. The strategy seeks to develop a supply chain of critical minerals for the UK.
We welcome the Government’s initiative to strengthen the domestic capability to extract and process critical minerals. Coupled with this the improvement in R&D and the education sector is an excellent addition. The global mining sector has always said that at any mine in the world you will find a Cornishman. By strengthening our critical minerals’ education sector (specifically the Camborne School of Mines) the UK can continue to be an influential player in the industry.
Chair of the APPG Critical Minerals, Cherilyn Mackrory said:
“The UK Government’s critical minerals strategy is a very positive step forward for our nation. It will help us build the supply chain’s necessary to deliver the green economy we are building towards.”
The strategy aims to accelerate the UK’s domestic capacity across the critical minerals supply chain. Build working relationships with likeminded nations to diversify the supply chain and strengthen resilience and enhance the critical minerals landscape in issues such as ESG standards, track and trace systems etc.
Cherilyn Mackrory continued:
“The APPG continues to provide a political portal to the critical minerals sector and I hope that over the coming years more politicians from across the House will become much more aware of the necessity for critical minerals as it rises on the Government’s agenda.”
“As a Cornish MP I am pleased to see Cornwall being highlighted as a domestic centre of excellence. Executed correctly the Government strategy can be the main push towards levelling up the country and meeting the Net Zero agenda.”
The APPG will be inviting the Government to come to the Group and outline their next steps once Parliament returns from Recess.