§ Dr. John Cunningham
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what proposals he has to strengthen the impact in the regions of his policies for small businesses; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. David Mitchell
Nationally we are seeking to create an environment in which small businesses can prosper by means of measures aimed at reducing the burdens imposed on them by the Government, restoring incentives, and removing obstacles to start-up and growth, and through assisting businesses to raise money. In addition, depending on location and industry, small firms may qualify for assistance under regional and other programmes.