From time to time people ask why we don’t seek to engage with government ministers privately, rather than issuing public challenges. The fact is we have sought to engage with ministers on numerous occasions since the establishment of Campaign for Merit in Business in 2012.
More than four weeks ago I wrote to Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, requesting a private and confidential meeting in relation to the government’s continuing threats of legislated gender quotas for FTSE100 companies. I haven’t received even an acknowledgement of that letter, nor of an email I sent to his department earlier this week.
Today we shall mail a public challenge to Mr Javid, in the form of a Freedom of Information request. Under the law, responses to FoI requests have to be made within 20 working days. My original letter to Mr Javid is in the same file.