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Small Businesses

Volume 981: debated on Monday 17 March 1980

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6.

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has to improve the position of small businesses throughout Wales particularly in rural areas.

16.

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he is satisfied with the encouragement and help given to small businesses in Wales; and if he will make a statement.

The encouragement of small businesses is a major objective in the Government's measures to revive the economy. I am satisfied that a high priority is being given to helping small firms in Wales, including those in the rural areas. The Prime Minister has made it clear that the Government's policy towards rural areas includes the encouragement of small businesses.