TISC PN50 0506

TRADE AND INDUSTRY COMMITTEE

COMMITTEE OFFICE HOUSE OF COMMONS
7 MILLBANK LONDON SW1P 3JA

Telephone: 020 7219 5777/5779

PN 50 of Session 2005-06

PRESS NOTICE

The future of manufacturing industry in the UK

The Trade and Industry Committee is today launching several inquiries within the general theme of 'The future of manufacturing industry in the UK'. The Committee intends to conduct a series of brief inquiries into issues that affect manufacturing in the UK.

The three inquiries on which the Committee will concentrate initially are:

  • Marketing UK plc: The work of UK Trade and Investment in supporting exporters and encouraging inward investment. In particular, the Committee will be examining the new Strategy for UKTI to see whether it will assist in achieving the Public Service Agreement target of delivering "a measurable improvement in the business performance of UK Trade & Investment's international trade customers" and maintaining the UK "as the prime location in the EU for foreign direct investment";

  • Public procurement: The scope for government support for UK industry. The Committee would welcome any information about the role of public procurement in supporting local manufacturers in other EU Member States; and

  • Skills shortages: the extent to which such shortages are hindering the development of manufacturing industry; what skills are needed €” for both management and other workers; the effectiveness of the dialogue between industry and education/training providers, including the role of the Sector Skills Councils; and co-ordination of provision within Government.

The Committee invites written submissions on any of these subjects to be submitted, as a MS Word document, by e-mail to [email protected] with a single hard copy sent to the Clerk of the Committee at the address above by 5.00 pm on Friday 29 September 2006. Details of oral evidence hearings will be announced shortly after that date.

The Committee will announce further topics of inquiry in the autumn.

For further information about the inquiry please call the Committee Office on 020 7219 5777/5779.

24 July 2006

ENDS