On the 13th May 2013 Baroness Young of Hornsey asked the government a question about the UK clothing sector. The Bishop of Bath & Wells, the Rt Revd Peter Price asked a supplementary question regarding the safety of workers in factories overseas and highlighted the importance for UK companies to have representatives on the ground to ensure the safety of the workforce not just to maintain manufacturing standards.
The Lord Bishop of Bath and Wells: My Lords, does the Minister agree that retailers need to put resources into providing safe conditions, particularly by having personnel on the ground in the areas affected by this kind of tragedy?
Viscount Younger of Leckie: The right reverend Prelate makes a good point. Many retailers in this country have individuals on the ground. Primark, for example, has somebody on the ground; they are working hard to deal with the aftermath of the disaster and looking ahead at remedies.