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Mike Wood: The Midlands has economic, cultural and historical ties with countries in every part of the world, but few are stronger than those with India. Will my right hon. Friend update the House on developments for a Midlands engine partnership with business in India?
James Brokenshire The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
I am pleased to say to my hon. Friend that some further positive steps have been taken since my visit to India last October to forge those relationships between the Midlands and Maharashtra in India. I hope to be able to give him some positive news very shortly on signing a memorandum of understanding to really regularise that and underpin how we ensure we have that shared expertise to create jobs, boost trade and take other steps to cement this and create that positive sense of prosperity that I know he strongly advocates.