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Fashion Industry

October 9, 2006

Question written on 09/10/2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps he is taking to promote the British fashion industry.

Answered by Shaun Woodward

I have been asked to reply.My Department gained responsibility for the fashion sector in 2005. Since then we have been working with representatives from the industry to understand their issues and how Government policies and programmes can best respond to them.As part of this the Secretary of State and my predecessor as Minister for Creative Industries and Tourism hosted a fashion summit on 27 April this year. The fashion industry highlighted a number of issues including how London Fashion Week might be strengthened, what should be done to develop better partnerships between industry and colleges, how access to new technologies might be improved and how support might better be provided for young fashion businesses. We shall review progress in the next few months and the outcome of this dialogue with industry and with the sector skills council for the fashion industry (Skillfast-UK) will feed into the Department’s ongoing Creative Economy Programme, which aims to improve the growth and productivity of the creative industries.