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Small Business Service

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 22 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the budget of the Government’s Small Business Service was in each financial year since its establishment; how many staff it employs; how many offices it (a) owns and (b) rents; what the annual rent paid on rented properties was in each year; and to which Minister in the Department the Small Business Service reports. (78164)

The chief executive of the Small Business Service reports, through the Minister of State for Industry and the Regions, to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.

The information requested is detailed as follows:

Budget (£ million )

Programme

Administration

Staff numbers1

Offices owned2and rented (on a notional basis)

Notional annual rent paid3 (£ million)

2000-01

244

10

203

43

1.04

2001-02

268

13

326

45

0.74

2002-03

336

18

440

43

1.66

2003-04

378

19

427

43

1.45

2004-05

386

18

355

42

1.35

2005-06

216

13

240

43

1.49

1 Staff numbers are those employed on SBS work, including agency staff, inward secondees and regional based staff.

2 The SBS does not own any properties.

3 The DTI are the legal tenants of the properties housing the SBS and the SBS shows these figures in its annual accounts on a notional charge.

4 Rented.

Source:

SBS Annual Reports and accounts, with the 2005-06 figures being on a provisional basis.