HC Deb 11 May 1988 vol 133 c140W
21. Mr. Baldry

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether, in negotiating measures aimed at the completion of a single European market, he will make it his policy to encourage other member countries of the European Community to adopt a comprehensive programme of deregulation similar to that carried out in Britain.

Mr. Alan Clark

Yes. It is a cornerstone of our policy on completing the single market that no measure should impose unnecessary burdens on business. There is general agreement that the benefits of the single market can best be realised in a liberal market with the minimum of red tape. We therefore frequently discuss deregulation with other member states.

77. Mr. Andrew Mitchell

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what response he has had to efforts to ensure that business men in all regions of the country are made aware of the opportunities presented by the completion of the single European market in 1992.

Mr. Alan Clark

The Government are already taking a number of measures to alert business to the single European market and the vital importance of preparing for it now. These include regional conferences, detailed literature, national advertising and a telephone hotline. The single market campaign will run until 1992, but its exact form will he continually assessed in the light of current needs.

92. Ms. Primarolo

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will make a further statement on the Government's preparations for the European single market.

Mr. Alan Clark

The Government have launched a five-year campaign to encourage firms in every part of the country to prepare for completion of the single European market. As part of the campaign there will be 20 regional conference and many more seminars. This will be supported by a comprehensive information service including detailed literature, DTI's Spearhead computer database, our 1992 telephone hotline, and national advertising.