Government inquiry: opportunity to put glass at the forefront of a modern manufacturing economy

British Glass has written to its members urging them to seize the opportunity to shape the nation’s industrial policy – by responding to the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee’s invitation to submit evidence and information to its current inquiry.

 

The inquiry launch follows BIS becoming the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and taking on much of the remit of the former Department for Energy and Climate Change.

 

Iain Wright MP, Chair of the Business Innovation and Skills Committee, said:

 

"I am pleased that the new Prime Minister agrees that a modern innovative and competitive economy needs an industrial strategy. But we on the committee want to explore what this means in practice. Will this be a return to ‘picking winners’ by the Government? Is it just a rebadging of existing policies? Or is the Government going to make a genuinely new offer to support key industries right across the country?

 

"We will want to explore the rationale for the support and the means of providing it, particularly in a coordinated way across Government departments. We will also want to test how a new Government industrial strategy fits in with its own devolution agenda, so that local, regional and national policies and strategies can be aligned as much as possible."

 

The inquiry is inviting submission on six specific questions and British Glass has today written to senior decision makers in each of its member organisations – which span the whole glass supply chain – to ask for their input to a coordinated glass sector response.

 

British Glass Chief Executive Dave Dalton said:

 

“It is encouraging that we’ve been invited to join in at the very start, via this consultation. Alongside new Prime Minister Theresa May’s indication that her government will explicitly intervene to support certain parts of the economy – I am hopeful we now have an opportunity to put our industry at the vanguard of a movement to re-establish manufacturing as the heart of the UK economy." 

 

"I urge our members to add their voice and support by commenting on our draft industry response so that we can capitalise on the good work already done by, and on behalf of, the glass sector.” 

 

Notes

 

Details about the inquiry into the Government's industrial strategy can be found on Parliament UK website.

British Glass member organisation senior personnel will have received a draft response for comment by email. For more information members can email information@britglass.co.uk  

 

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