§ Mr. Barry Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales (1) what innovations he will make it his policy to assist small businesses; 
(2) what discussions he has had with the Welsh Development Agency to ensure improved services for new and small businesses. 
§ Mr. Hain
We are committed to developing Business Connect, ensuring that it is able to respond more effectively to the needs of the small business sector. Specific initiatives will include: introducing new measures to tackle late payment; enhancing support for high technology start-ups; and better regulation. We also hope that small firms in Wales will take advantage of UK-wide initiatives like the university for industry. The Welsh Development Agency is a key player in Business Connect and will have a vital role in our efforts to support the development of the small firms sector. I met the North Wales Federation of Businesses in St. Asaph in May to discuss these and related matters.