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Social Enterprise

Volume 456: debated on Friday 2 February 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if she will place copies in the Library of the research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on social enterprise. (117519)

The Government published the Social Enterprise Action Plan on 16 November 2006. Chapter 1 (Why Social Enterprise Matters) contains references to the key government research on social enterprise. A copy of the plan is available in the Library for the reference of Members.

I am arranging for the following key research and evaluation documents to be placed in the Library for the reference of Members.

IFF Research (2005): A survey of social enterprise across the UK

GHK (2005): Review of the Social Enterprise Strategy

Annual Small Business Survey 2005 (published 2006)

SBS Household Survey of Entrepreneurship 2005 (published 2006)

Hull University has been commissioned to undertake a feasibility study developing a method for understanding the social and economic impact of social enterprise. In addition, the Office of the Third Sector, in partnership with the Department for Communities and Local Government, will soon be commissioning some short research papers to contribute to development of policy on social enterprise. I will write to the hon. Member when these have been completed.