Courtaulds

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th June 2016.

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Photo of Pauline Latham Pauline Latham Conservative, Mid Derbyshire 12:00 am, 28th June 2016

What steps he is taking to support people made redundant from Courtaulds UK Ltd in Belper.

Photo of Sajid Javid Sajid Javid The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

My thoughts are very much with the workers and their families at this difficult time. Jobcentre Plus has acted swiftly to offer support, including a jobs fair with other local partners for Courtaulds staff and others.

Photo of Pauline Latham Pauline Latham Conservative, Mid Derbyshire

I thank the Secretary of State for that answer, and I know that he has a personal interest in Courtaulds. Will he take steps to tighten loopholes restricting companies from moving assets to third-party companies before going into administration, which puts any potential sale of the company in jeopardy?

Photo of Sajid Javid Sajid Javid The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

My hon. Friend will know that my father’s first job was at a Courtaulds mill. I have taken an interest in the company for a long time and what has happened is very sad. Current insolvency law already enables assets to be disposed of prior to the start of formal insolvency and before recovery. It is, therefore, possible to take action against directors for misconduct, if that is what the administrators find. We will look carefully at the report when it is published in three months’ time.