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Consumer minister gives his first speech in new role

The new consumer minister of the coalition Government Edward Davey spoke of his commitment to be a champion for trading standards at the Trading Standards Institute’s (TSI) conference in Edinburgh.

He took this first platform in his new role as an opportunity to confirm his support for trading standards professionals while talking about an inevitable agenda for change.

Mr Davey said:  'I want to place on record a clear recognition that trading standards are part of the front line of the economy and it is my intention to be a champion for trading standards in Whitehall.

'I believe that what trading standards do is not only important, but it is vital for consumers, businesses and our economy’s recovery.

'We all know that there has to be an agenda of change, not least because of the challenges of the internet, climate change and globalisation.  The question we have to ask is how do we continue to protect the vulnerable?

'It is important to maintain a local face but to operate across boundaries to operate one step ahead of villains.

'I know the trading standards profession is addressing these issues and these are our priorities too.'

But there was no room for illusions about budgets cuts that lie ahead and the Minister highlighted cooperation between and within local authorities as an element to achieve efficiencies.

He said: 'Deficit reduction is an issue that we are taking head-on and trading standards will have to shoulder its share.

'Can we do the same, or more, for less?  Salami-slicing will not work here so we must look for other solutions like deepening further existing cooperation across and within local authority boundaries.

'I am looking forward to the joint task of preserving the excellence of the trading standards service in these difficult times and taking it to another level.'

Notes for Editors:

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Trading Standards Institute (TSI)

TSI is a training and membership organisation that has represented the interests of the Trading Standards profession since 1881 nationally and internationally.  We aim to raise the profile of the profession while working towards fairer, better informed and safer consumer and business communities.
TSI’s members are engaged in delivering frontline trading standards services in local authorities and in businesses.  We are also supporting the delivery of initiatives such as the advice services Consumer Direct, UK ECC and UK ECCS.

The Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards Conference 2010

The national Consumer Affairs and Trading Standards Conference 2010, organised by the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) is a 'must' for consumer journalists!
The TSI-hosted annual Conference and Exhibition is the leading consumer affairs and trading standards event in Europe.
The 2010 Conference is being held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre from Tuesday 15 June to Thursday 17 June.
Journalists and photographers are welcome to attend but should contact the press office on 0845 608 9430 to arrange passes.
Please contact the press office should you wish to organise any interviews – an ISDN line is available for pre-booking.
The conference is hosted by TSI chairman David Sanders and the main sponsor is the Electrical Safety Council. 
Some 3,000 people are attending the conference, including representatives from local and central government and those interested in fair trading, representatives of business and commerce, together with consumer organisations. This makes it an ideal place for consumer affairs journalists to mingle and make contacts!

15 June 2010