To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will make a statement on the progress of the enterprise allowance scheme.
[pursuant to his reply, Official Report, 17 November 1987, c. 506]: There are now over 300,000 unemployed people who have started their own businesses with the help of the enterprise allowance scheme.
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he has any proposals to change the enterprise allowance scheme; and if he will make a statement.
We are currently considering a number of proposals, the aim of which is to increase the effectiveness of the scheme by increasing the survival, growth and job generation prospects of business supported. Consideration of these proposals is at an early stage and announcements of any changes will be made in due course.