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Volume 115: debated on Wednesday 6 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list those measures taken by his Department since 1979 which have benefited specifically trade and industry in the area of the borough of Bournemouth.

My Department has, through the encouragement of enterprise and restoration of incentives, sought to benefit industry and commerce throughout the country. The promotion of competition, in part through privatisation, the reductions in the burdens on business and the improved links between industry and education have all contributed towards improving the climate in which industry operates. More specifically, we have in the financial years 1979–80 to 1986–87 offered assistance of £2·728 million under the support for innovation scheme and £0·996 million under the provisions of section 8 of the Industrial Development Act to companies in the Bournemouth travel-to-work area.