HC Deb 27 October 1999 vol 336 c905W
Mr. Gordon Prentice

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent steps he is taking to(a) promote and (b) safeguard the future of the UK textile industry. [95790]

Ms Hewitt

The Government work closely with the textiles industry on a number of key areas, including trade policy, education and training, exporting and industrial sponsorship.

On the latter, the Department of Trade & Industry's Textile, Clothing and Footwear Unit is dedicated to assisting these industries to compete effectively. The Unit is currently funding over 20 projects targeting specific areas for future development, including product innovation, design, marketing, benchmarking and the development of supply chain partnerships.

My hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State with responsibility for competitiveness met with the industry-led Textiles and Clothing Strategy Group on 13 October 1999 to discuss with them progress on the development of a national strategy for the industry.