HC Deb 10 July 1978 vol 953 cc354-5W
34. Mrs. Castle

asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether he has studied the report on the future of the United Kingdom electronic components industry published by Mullard Ltd., a copy of which has been sent him; and whether he will make a statement on the action he proposes to take to help the industry to overcome the problems outlined in it.

Mr. Alan Williams

Over the past four years the Government have been engaged in an evolving programme for the protection and promotion of the British electronic components industry. The Government have negotiated quotas and supported inter-industry talks, as appropriate, and Government financial assistance to the industry, including Mullard itself, has been steadily increasing.