§ Q35. Mr. Butcher
asked the Prime Minister if she is in a position to make a statement on the extent to which 152W the Government are implementing a policy of "trade not aid" in information technology in response to requests made to her by British computer and telecommunications companies.
§ The Prime Minister
The Government fully appreciate the growth and value of the world market for information technology, and are actively encouraging the efforts of British companies pursuing opportunities in this market. In parallel with a range of schemes for providing assistance for such companies' research and development work, the Government's public purchasing initiative is aimed at improving the international competitiveness and suppliers to the public sector by promoting enlightened public purchasing practices.