§ Mrs. Roche
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what assessment her Department has made of the impact of(a) skills training and (b) management training on the likelihood of small businesses surviving. 
§ Mr. Paice
The "Winning Report", published by DTI and CBI in 1994, shows that training is increasingly a key element in business success. On small firms, the 1994 skill needs in Britain survey provides clear evidence that smaller businesses need to improve management and skills training. The last two competitiveness White Papers have announced measures to encourage training in small firms.