To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many businesses started under the enterprise alowance scheme in each year since 1982; how many businesses folded after the first year; and how many continued operating into the (a) second, (b) third, (c) fourth, (d) fifth, (e) sixth, (f) seventh, (g) eighth and (h) ninth year.
The numbers of businesses started under the enterprise allowance scheme are as follows:
|Financial year||Total number|
|February 1982 to July 1983 (pilot in five parts of the country)||3,331|
|August 1983 to March 1984 (national implementation)||27,629|
|April 1990 to May 1990||12,662|