HC Deb 21 March 1983 vol 39 c327W
47. Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what steps he is taking to help British firms compete in the world biotechnology market.

Mr. Butcher

My right hon. Friend launched a new programme of support for biotechnology in industry, amounting to some £16 million over three years, in November last year. This programme is specifically aimed at assisting British firms to take advantage of the opportunities which biotechnology presents. It can provide financial assistance to companies for consultancies and support for projects.