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Small Businesses

Volume 975: debated on Monday 10 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will take steps to encourage the growth of small businesses in large urban conurbations.

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will take steps to encourage the growth of small business in provincial towns and cities.

The Government are pursuing a number of policies designed to help small firms wherever they may be located. In addition, special assistance is available in certain parts of the country under the Department's regional policy and through local authorities under the urban programme.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what measures of assistance to small firms are currently being considered; if he is planning a Government-backed loan guarantee facility; and if he plans to use such a facility as a means of assisting small concerns registered under the Industrial and Provident Societies Acts.

I have nothing to add to the reply given by my right hon. Friend to my hon. Friend the Member for Luton, East (Mr. Bright) on 12 November.—[Vol. 973, c. 894–95.