Advertising: Equality

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 14th June 2018.

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Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Labour, Hampstead and Kilburn

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if his Department will seek a commitment by major retailers, service providers and organisations to use more people with a visible facial difference in their advertisement campaigns.

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

We regularly engage with businesses and organisations across all sectors including major retailers. However, advertising campaigns are a matter for individual companies, all of whom should be aware of the UK’s discrimination laws and best practice in terms of diversity. It is not appropriate for Government to intervene in what is a commercial matter for the businesses and organisations concerned.

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