§ 12. Mr. Bercow
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent representations he has made to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry regarding the competitiveness of small firms in Scotland. 
§ Mr. Wilson
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry published a consultation paper about the Small Business Service in June. 98 per cent. of businesses in Scotland employ less than 50 people and they account for around 45 per cent. of non-Government jobs. I, with my right hon. Friend, will consider how any measures within reserved competence can be applied most effectively in Scotland.