The SDC is pleased to be working in the UK on a new initiative entitled the Associate Parliamentary Group for Textile Manufacturing.
The formation of the new Group is to enable Parliamentarians from both the House of Commons and House of Lords in the UK, to discuss a particular area of interest or concern – in this case Textile Manufacturing. As an Associate Group it will also allow industry to be involved and informed about relevant parliamentary activity, so should be synergistic for both industry and parliament. Associate Parliamentary Groups are an effective way of bringing together parliamentarians and other interested parties in active discussions.
The SDC will be involved in the new Group in a secretariat role and is very keen for its members and others to engage with the Group in a series of meetings to be planned and confirmed. The Associate Parliamentary Group for Textile Manufacturing has growing and impressive support from more than 37 members of the Commons and Lords. Space is short to list them all and the full list will appear on a Government website shortly, but includes several local Bradford MPs. It is very encouraging also to have the support of Lord Simon Haskel, Lord Ken Woolmer and Lord David Steel. Related Parliamentary Groups have been informed to avoid duplication and ensure benefit to UK manufacturing as a whole.
“This development enables the textile industry to really engage with Government to strengthen activity on both sides” said Graham Clayton, “and I am very pleased the SDC can be an active and central part in this initiative, involving our members and many others from around the UK”.
Watch this space for further news and updates.