§ Geraldine Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the Government are taking to help small businesses with increased insurance costs following the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001. 
§ Nigel Griffiths
Government provides a range of assistance of small firms experiencing difficulties, for whatever reasonThe SBS launched its Company Rescue Pilot scheme in September 2001, and has so far helped 37 businesses (as at 8 May 2002);The Business Link network provides advice and support for businesses suffering as a result of a recent crisis including advising on a range of disaster management issues;The National Business Debtline is in place to help Micro Businesses in England and Wales facing debt problems to obtain free, confidential and impartial advice. It handles an average of 1,500 queries a quarter; andThe recently established Civil Contingencies Secretariat (CCS) will provide improved anticipation, preparation, prevention and resolution to improve the UK's resilience to disruptive challenges at every level in future.