§ 2. Joan Ruddock
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on his Department's work to increase the number of high-productivity and knowledge-based enterprises. 
§ Mr. Wills
The Competitiveness White Paper, published in December last year, included a range of measures designed to help business meet the challenge of the knowledge driven economy. Publication of the Implementation Plan, in March of this year, demonstrated the Department's determination to carry through the commitments contained in the White Paper.