HC Deb 25 February 1980 vol 979 cc459-60W
38. Mr. Waller

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what plans his Department has further to reduce the burden of statistical circulars upon small businesses.

Mr.David Mitchell

We are planning a reduction of about a third in the number of forms sent to firms in the quarterly manufacturing sales inquiries. Some other inquiries will be shifted from a monthly to a quarterly basis, some will be slimmed down and some will be stopped altogether. It is too soon to give details.

We are determined to reduce the burden of form filling, particularly on small firms.

Mr. Trippier

asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he now intends to take further measures to encourage the revival of the small businesses sector.

Mr.David Mitchell

The Government are pursuing a wide range of objectives to improve the economic environment for small firms. A number of measures by the Department were announced on 7 November and other Ministers have also announced changes that will benefit small firms. Further measures will be announced as and when they are ready designed to increase the incentive for those who start or expand a business, and to reduce the burdens carried by the small firm.