§ Mr. Barry Field
To ask the President of the Board of Trade what is his estimate of the reduction of outstanding debts as a result of his proposed initiatives for early payments.
§ Mr. McLoughlin
This information is not available. My right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade announced in the White Paper on competitiveness a number of measures to address late payment. We will continue to monitor changes in payment times after these measures have been implemented.