Manufacturing Industry

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 25th March 1999.

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Photo of Geraint Davies Geraint Davies Labour, Croydon Central 12:00 am, 25th March 1999

My right hon. Friend may be interested to know that this morning I visited Landis and Gyr Communications Ltd.—I do not know whether Opposition Members ever go to factories—which produces high-tech telephone systems. I was giving out Kaizen awards, which Opposition Members may not know are for converting innovative ideas into action and viable products.

Does my right hon. Friend agree that the role of Government is not just about finance and tax, but about creating an entrepreneurial atmosphere within the broader economy through the education and trade and industry systems, so that we can convert good ideas into saleable products in the global marketplace? May I bring the good wishes of Landis and Gyr to the House for the creation of a much stronger dialogue with the business community, something that I have personally been encouraging in south London?