Alex responds to CF Fertilisers announcement

Although details are thin, I am pleased that an industry-led agreement has been reached which will enable CF Fertiliser to continue production at its Billingham plant, protect local jobs, and supply the many businesses and others from food processors to hospitals who rely on the CO2 off-product.

“While this is good news, I am concerned that the Government is relying solely on industry taking the initiative, while refusing to acknowledge the role government can play in ensuring the supply is sustainable and we avoid last minute deals that cause uncertainty in the sector and anxiety amongst employees. I have repeatedly emphasised the need for a Government-supported Industrial Strategy to support businesses like CF Fertilisers, but would urge the Business Secretary to look seriously at this to.