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Hi-Tech Industries

Volume 163: debated on Monday 4 December 1989

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what initiatives he plans for the improvement of hi-tech British industries.

The Government's major initiative for helping United Kingdom hi-tech companies is LINK which supports collaborative projects of strategic research involving companies and science base institutions. There are now 21 LINK programmes in various fields with a total value of almost £300 million, of which Government will contribute 50 per cent. Within these programmes, over 500 projects are in the pipeline. Further programmes will be announced in due course.