§ Mr. Evennett
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what steps he is taking to encourage joint ventures by British companies in Poland;
(2) what steps he is taking to encourage the establishment of commercial and business know-how funds in Poland.
§ Mrs. Chalker
With the agreement of the Polish authorities our highest priorities for the know-how fund are areas directly related to the fostering of a market driven economy—banking and financial services, energy, industrial regeneration, management, accountancy and the teaching of English. A substantial programme of work is now being implemented. In addition, we are introducing schemes under the know-how fund to support pre-investment feasibility studies and the training of potential east European joint venture partners. A number of proposals under these schemes relating to Poland have been received and are being considered.