§ 38. Mr. David Atkinson
asked the Secretary of State for Industry what part his Department will be playing in the European year of small and medium-sized enterprise.
§ Mr. MacGregor
The Government warmly support the European Parliament's designation of 1983 as the European year of small and medium-sized enterprises, which should intensify the focus on the role and needs of smaller businesses in Europe. The Prime Minister is patron of the year in the United Kingdom and I am president of the United Kingdom committee which held a launch conference in Lancaster House on 27 January and will be arranging other events during the year, and which we have supported financially and in other ways.
The Government will continue to work both within the Community and domestically to improve the climate for enterprise by stimulating investment, providing incentives and reducing burdens.