§ Mr. Nicholas Winterton
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he now has for Government investment in new technology for small firms in the clothing, footwear and textile industries.
§ Mr. Trippier
The full text of the Commission's decision rejecting the proposed investment scheme (CLOFT) for small firms in the clothing, footwear, knitting and textiles sector has been received only recently. My department is currently studying the details and is arranging discussions with representatives of the industries concerned to consider the situation.