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High Technology

Volume 979: debated on Monday 25 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will take further steps to stimulate industrial investment in areas of high technology; and if he will make a statement.

No. A number of financial assistance schemes are already available to encourage industrial investment in high technology areas, and through their general economic policies the Government are creating the climate in which companies will be encouraged to invest in these areas.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry what plans the Government have to use public purchasing in order to encourage the development of high technology.

The Government are currently considering how public sector purchasers may best assist the efficiency and technological development of their suppliers, taking into account the need to achieve best value for money.