consultation re closed UK shoe factories

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Dear Sir or Madam,
What consultations has the British Fashion Council had with

-Equity Shoes, Leicester

-Sanders & Sanders, Rushden

over an easily researched period - say five years?

What representations has the British Fashion Council received from the MPs for Leicester or Rushden for consultation with UK shoe manufacturers?

Defining terms:

My idea of an "easily researched period" is the amount of time letters are kept on file in London or email is archived, or the off-the-cuff memory of current staff if this is longer.

By "consultation", I mean letters or phone calls from BFC to ask how these now-closed footwear factories could have fitted the criteria for promotion and subsidy, for example by suggesting fashionable designer-customers of theirs for show at London Fashion Week.

By MP for Leicester I mean Patricia Hewett, MP for Leicester West since 1997, who has also been minister of trade for a time.

By MP for Rushden I mean Peter Bone, MP for Wellingborough since May 2005, and Paul Stinchcombe, barrister and speech-writer, who was MP there from 1997-2005.

It would be polite to mention other MPs who have lobbied, such as the other MPs for Leicester, but as the Equity factory is in Leicester West I've chosen that constituency to single-out.

The reason I think this is important is that I believe that the British Fashion Council or successor should consult UK shoe factories about export promotion policy. I think UK shoe factories are vital to the high-end designers that are currently promoted; one cannot exist without the other. I understand that the British Fashion Council with a staff of 30 and other bodies that it funds now promotes leather shoes made in autocratic countries for British designers - even in their "ethical" category. I think that press coverage of these shoes obscures the ethical advantages of buying shoes that are not from autocratic states, particularly those made by UK taxpayers in the UK.

Yours faithfully,

John Robertson

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Many thanks for your message. I am responding on behalf of the Green Assembly Members, myself and Jenny Jones AM. I understand your concerns and have tabled a formal question to the Mayor of London. I will let you have the Mayor's response as soon as it is received.

Question to Mayor: Do you think it appropriate that the LDA funded a seminar entitled "Making it ethically in China - a practical guide for fashion and textile designers" given that the LDA's remit is to promote employment prospects and enterprise in London rather than encourage businesses to outsource their production abroad?

Cllr. Darren Johnson AM

-------------Liberal Democrat spokesperson:

Thank you for your email regarding the 'Own-It' event about ethically sourcing materials from China. As the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Economic Development on the London Assembly I am replying on behalf of my colleagues Mike Tuffrey and Caroline Pidgeon.

I am very happy to pass on your email stating your concerns about this event to the London Development Agency, and have done so today.
Dee Doocey AM

No response has been passed to me, John Robertson, 18.10.9

Packer Duncan \(UKTI ITFG\),

Dear Mr Robertson

Thank you for your email below.

Your enquiry appears to be directed to the British Fashion Council which
is not part of UK Trade & Investment. I would suggest you send your
enquiry to them at [email address].

Yours sincerely

Duncan Packer

Duncan Packer
UK Trade & Investment
66-74 Victoria Street
London SW1E 6SW

19 October 2009

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Phone conversation with Mr Packer: a re-phrased question directly to UK Trade and Investment would be answered if information available. He will forward the request to British Fashion Council in case they answer; agrees BFC are not on the list of borderline agencies covered by the act.

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