HC Deb 04 November 2002 vol 392 c152W
Dr. Cable

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what(a) financial and (b) other support was provided for the Process Improvement Master Class in (i) 1998–99, (ii) 1999–00 and (iii) 2000–01; what budget there is for 2001–02; and if she will make a statement. [78262]

Ms Hewitt

The Process Improvement Master Class (PIMC) is one of the products offered by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Industry Forum, whose remit is to help small and medium enterprises improve their productivity. PIMC was developed for the automotive sector, but has also been used in the aerospace sector.

The amount of financial support provided for PIMC by my Department is shown in the table:

£ million
1998–99 1.391
1999–2000 1.613
2000–01 2.298
2001–02 1.317

My Department also provided a secondee, at HEO level, to SMMT Industry Forum over this period.