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Secretary Of State For Industry

Volume 957: debated on Thursday 9 November 1978

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asked the Prime Minister if he will list the responsibilities he has allocated to the Secretary of State for Industry.

The Secretary of State for Industry is responsible for general industrial policy, including the Government's industrial strategy, and financial assistance to industry, though some of his responsibilities in the latter field relate only to England. He sponsors the National Enterprise Board, the British Steel Corporation, the Post Office, Cable and Wireless Limited, British Aerospace and British Shipbuilders, as well as the general manufacturing industries. The Secretary of State is also responsible for industrial research and the operation of the Government's industrial research establishments, and for the business statistics office.