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Self-Employed Persons

Volume 888: debated on Tuesday 18 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade whether he will consider establishing an independent inquiry into the operational difficulties of the self-employed with a view to making recommendations designed to increase the viability of this sector.

The Bolton Committee of Inquiry on Small Firms made a comprehensive report in 1971. Action has been taken on its recommendations. Special responsibility for this sector rests with my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Industry and any case for a further general inquiry should in the first instance be put to him.