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Medical Equipment (Acard Report)

Volume 164: debated on Monday 8 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps have been taken to implement the recommendations of the 1986 Advisory Council for Applied Research and Development report on medical equipment, so far as they affect his Department.

The Department is represented on the R and D co-ordinating group on medical equipment chaired by the Department of Health; and a market branch in my Department deals with the medical equipment sector. The Department seeks to ensure that information received about market opportunities, including that obtained from posts overseas, is disseminated widely to United Kingdom industry.