Speeches, Interviews & Other Statements

Margaret Thatcher

Remarks visiting Finchley (opening Aveca headquarters)

Document type: Speeches, interviews, etc.
Venue: 100 Lancaster Road, East Barnet
Source: Finchley Times, 25 October 1974
Editorial comments: 1245-1300.
Importance ranking: Minor
Word count: 268
Themes: Economy (general discussions), Employment, Industry, Science & technology

Mrs Thatcher cuts the red tape

Britain's scientific research is second to none, according to Mrs Margaret Thatcher, Tory MP for Finchley and Friern Barnet.

Mrs Thatcher was guest speaker at the opening of new headquarters for the Finchley-based Aveca Business Machines in Lancaster Road, New Barnet, last week.

Mr. William Lemon, managing director of Aveca, told Mrs Thatcher: “You have had a hectic time during the election, visiting your own constituency and helping other candidates throughout the country. We wish you every success in the coming months.”

Mrs Thatcher, replying, spoke of inflation and said the country was getting near the time when budgets might come once a month.

She went on: “The technological revolution which we are going through does not threaten employment. Our scientific research work, second to none in the world, could lead to even more jobs if fully used.

“Industry must implement and understand the new techniques, but marketing is just as important. We should shout long and loud about our achievements.”


Mrs Thatcher stressed that she was not over-gloomy about the future, “Goodwill, hard work and full cooperation of workers and management can save this country,” she added.

When she was asked to cut the ribbon to officially open the new building, Mrs Thatcher quipped: “I notice the ribbon is red—not blue. I am used to cutting red tape, in more ways than one.”

Afterwards Mrs Thatcher was conducted on a tour of the new headquarters and met members of the staff.