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SDC Announces New Associate Parliamentary Group For Textile Manufacturing

BRADFORD, United Kingdom — May 28, 2013 — The SDC has today announced the launch of a new initiative working with the House of Commons on a new 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, 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 from industry to engage with the Group in a series of meetings and events. The Associate Parliamentary Group for Textile Manufacturing has growing and impressive support from more than 37 members of the Commons and Lords. The full list will appear on a Government website shortly, but includes local Bradford MPs such as David Ward (the key driver in getting the Group underway), George Galloway and Gerry Sutcliffe. 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".   

Posted on June 6, 2013

Source: SDC

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