HC Deb 01 February 1999 vol 324 cc513-4W
Mr. Hoyle

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what plans he has for assistance to indigenous industries located outside areas qualifying for regional selective assistance. [68460]

Mr. Wills

As announced in the Competitiveness White Paper, the Government are considering new measures to support the growth of smaller businesses in selected areas with particular needs. By working in partnership with the private sector to support the Enterprise Fund, the Government are also committed to ensuring that small businesses have access to appropriate funding.