HC Deb 23 October 1986 vol 102 cc952-3W
14. Mr. Bellingham

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are currently being taken to encourage small businesses in Northern Ireland.

Mr. Viggers

Support for the establishement and growth of small businesses in Northern Ireland is largely channelled through the Local Enterprise Development Unit, funded by Government. The unit's resources are being strengthened to intensify efforts on stimulating the growth of existing small businesses. Among other Government measures, the enterprise allowance scheme and training facilities also encourage people to set up and develop small businesses.