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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th March 1988.

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Photo of Richard Caborn Richard Caborn , Sheffield Central 12:00 am, 9th March 1988

Is the Minister aware that after the hype of the launch on the inner-city initiatives and all the gloss that went out, two sobering statements were made, by the Confederation of British Industry and by the Association of British Chambers of Commerce? The CBI stated: Firms will have to be able to justify their contribution to shareholders. It was stated of the Association of British Chambers of Commerce, which represents 65,000 companies: The association was scathing about the lack of recognition of the chamber's key role in a range of business and social issues. The Minister is asking local authorities to be business friendly but, quite honestly, when one considers the declaration of UDC status such as took place in Sheffield, when even the chamber of commerce was not invited to the launch, which it had to gatecrash, that type of co-operation does not appear to have been taken on board by the Government.