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Life Sciences: National Security

Question for Department for International Trade

UIN HL12875, tabled on 1 February 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to incorporate the UK life sciences sector in their Project Defend strategy.

Answered on

11 February 2021

The coronavirus pandemic demonstrated the importance of resilient supply chains to ensure the continued flow of critical goods and to keep global trade moving. The Department for International Trade (DIT) is working to strengthen the UK’s wider critical supply chain resilience. This includes diversification to keep supply chains open and promoting international collaboration to reduce incentives for trade restrictions, as well as improving domestic supply chain resilience.

Working closely with our global partners and UK industry, including the life sciences sector, DIT continues to establish greater international cooperation, understand supply chain vulnerabilities, share diagnosis and inform a coordinated response to our shared challenges.