Retail Sector Council

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 4th June 2018.

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Photo of Bill Esterson Bill Esterson Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Shadow Minister (International Trade)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the (a) dates, (b) attendees and (c) minutes of all Retail Sector Council meetings since its inception.

Photo of Andrew Griffiths Andrew Griffiths Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The first meeting of the Retail Sector Council was held on the 22nd March 2018, with the second meeting due to be held on the 25th June 2018.

The following members attended the March meeting: Amazon, Asos, Association of Convenience Stores, Boots, British Retail Consortium, GFirst LEP, Keelham Farm Shop, and the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW). I co-chaired the meeting with Richard Pennycook, Chairman of Fenwick, The Hut Group and Howden Joinery Group. Senior officials from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy were also in attendance.

A full list of members can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/industry-led-retail-sector-council-launched-to-act-as-champion-for-future-growth

The Council are currently in the process of establishing a website which will contain a summary of each Retail Sector Council meeting.

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