UK freeports Contents

Contents

Summary

1 Introduction

What are freeports?

Freeports around the world

Freeports in the UK

Overview of the Government’s freeports policy

Our inquiry

Attendance of ministers

2 Objectives and evaluation

Economic impact

Objectives for freeports

Trade and investment

Regeneration and job creation

Innovation

Monitoring and evaluation

3 Design and implementation

Proposed design

Number of freeports

The bidding process

Departmental responsibility for the freeports policy

UK Government

Local government

4 Incentives and risks

Incentives

Customs 

Taxation

Government funding

Other incentives

Legislation

Risks to freeports

Economic displacement

Illicit activity

Subsidy control

Labour and environmental standards

5 Freeports in the devolved nations

Engagement with UK Government

Role in bidding process

Funding

Northern Ireland Protocol

6 Governance

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal minutes

Witnesses

Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament




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