Business Minister Anna Soubry visited CEMEX's Rugby cement plant, the largest cement in the UK, on 3 September to review the contribution that energy-intensive industries, such as cement production, make to the UK economy.

The visit was at the invitation of the Mineral Products Association (MPA).

In 2014, 11 million tonnes of cement were produced in Great Britain, with the majority going into concrete for the production of homes, schools, hospitals, roads and infrastructure.

Business Minister Anna Soubry said: “As one of the most modern facilities of its kind in the world, CEMEX in Rugby is going from strength to strength supporting jobs and maintaining the great tradition of the industry in this city. We have a long term plan for this region to become an engine for growth and companies like this will help the Midlands to lead the way.”

Mr Baynes-Clarke said: “We are delighted to welcome the Minister to the plant and have the opportunity to discuss cement production in the UK. The industry welcomes the Government’s announcement of the new Cutting Red Tape programme and the current review of regulations affecting mineral extraction.

“Cement is a vital product, underpinning construction activity that is helping to drive forward the UK economy and building a better future for all.”

Ms Soubry and her team were also accompanied on the plant visit by Martin Casey, CEMEX UK director of public affairs and communications, Andy Spencer CEMEX UK director of sustainability and security, and Dr Pal Chana, executive director of cement & lime, MPA.