asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the progress of the national quality campaign.
Since its launch in April in 1983, the campaign has reached over 50,000 firms. There are now around 9,000 entries in the latest edition of the "Register of Quality Assessed United Kingdom Companies". It is clear that more and more firms are adopting a companywide approach to quality which is vital to their competitiveness. The progress must be maintained, however, and the commitment of all sectors of industry and commerce to quality in the goods and services they provide is essential. The campaign is being extended, for example, on a regional basis and a quality activity programme is planned for the slough area later in the year.