§ Mr. Ralph Howell
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what study his Department has made of the Association of Independent Businesses' report: "The Employment Paradox in Smaller Firms" what action he is planning; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. David Mitchell
The Department has received a number of representations from small firms and organisations about difficulties small employers face in recruiting in various parts of the country, including areas where there is unemployment. This is a cause for concern and the Government are seeking to determine the reasons why there are difficulties. In this respect the Association of Independent Businesses' report provides some useful documentation from a sample of its members.