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Enterprise Allowance Scheme

Volume 76: debated on Wednesday 3 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment (1) how many applications were submitted for consideration in the pilot enterprise allowance scheme;(2) how many applications were actually considered in the pilot enterprise allowance scheme;(3) how many applications submitted for consideration in the pilot enterprise allowance scheme proved successful in their application.

A total of 4,992 applications were submitted and considered for the pilot enterprise allowance scheme. Of these 3,379 were approved and 3,331 started on the scheme.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many businesses have received enterprise allowance from the inception of the scheme to the latest cut-off date.

By 28 February 1985, 72,630 people had entered the enterprise allowance scheme since it was introduced on a pilot basis in early 1982. The actual number of businesses supported is slightly lower as some participants have set up in partnership with other recipients of the allowance; but exact figures are not available.