To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
(1) what representations the Government have received from the IT industry in the framing of its policy on e-commerce on (a) allowing small businesses to connect to a wider market place and (b) other matters;
(2) what steps the Government have taken to assist small businesses in adopting (a) websites, (b) secure payment processes, (c) anti-fraud measures and (d) other e-commerce tools for the purpose of assuring connectivity to a wider market place.
The Department is currently in dialogue with the IT industry as part of preparing the industrial strategy for the Information Economy which is expected to cover a variety of issues including e-commerce. The Department, in conjunction with UKTI, DCMS, Go On UK and corporate organisations is developing a public/private sector collaborative programme that will raise awareness among small businesses of the importance of the internet to business growth and furnish them with capabilities to exploit the internet and associated technologies, including addressing issues such as digital marketing, transacting on-line and cyber security. This will supplement the material already available on the