§ Mr. Fitch
asked the Secretary of State for Industry if, in view of the growing pressure from United States-owned computer companies to strengthen their hold on the British market, he will take action to encourage joint ventures between British companies, such as ICL, and companies from other EEC countries.
§ Mr. David Mitchell
The pursuit of joint ventures between computer companies within the EEC is primarily a matter for the commercial judgment of the companies themselves. The Government's role is to ensure that the overall economic climate in the United Kingdom is conducive to the healthy development of United Kingdom industry as a whole.