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Microprocessors: Silicon and Lithium

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 20406, tabled on 22 June 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 20 May 2021 to Question 2294 on Telecommunications: Lithium and Silicon, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of silicon and lithium supply shortages on silicon chips.

Answered on

30 June 2021

The current shortage of chips is due to a confluence of unexpected events, including unprecedented pandemic-driven shifts in demand within a global market. HMG recognises the severity of the current chip shortage, the widespread international ramifications and the difficulties it has created for a number of UK firms. HMG are engaging affected UK sectors and key international partners to identify any available domestic or international mitigations.