§ Mr. Dykes
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will consider new tax incentives for small investors, to assist them in investing in British industry;
(2) if he will take steps to provide tax incentives to encourage the purchase of shares in smaller British companies by non-institutional investors.
§ Mr. Norman Lamont
This area is kept under review and I have noted my hon. Friend's suggestions. He will be aware that the Government have already introduced the business expansion scheme to provide tax incentives for individual investors to purchase shares in unquoted United Kingdom companies, as well as personal equity plans to encourage individual investors to invest in United Kingdom companies.