HC Deb 18 December 1981 vol 15 c262W
Mr. John Browne

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what is the total estimated cost to date of the 72 measures designed to aid new and small businesses, which were referred to by the Under-Secretary of State, the hon. Member for Norfolk, South (Mr. MacGregor) on 13 November, Official Report, c. 765.

Mr. MacGregor

The 72 measures include many, such as tax measures, whose cost is difficult to estimate. Furthermore, some of the measures benefit firms and individuals other than small firms. It is therefore not possible to give precisely the total cost of all the measures, but I believe they will be of substantial benefit.