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Business Support

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much was spent by his Department on (a) business support schemes and (b) services to small businesses in each year since 2000. (117362)

[holding answer 22 January 2007]: In answer to (a), DTI has spent the following amounts on business support schemes since 2000:

Business support schemes

£ million

2000-01

279

2001-02

461

2002-03

414

2003-04

317

2004-05

312

2005-06

381

Note:

DTI commenced the detailed tracking of the cost of specific business support schemes on a consistent basis from the 2003-04 financial year onwards. Therefore the information provided for earlier years is a best estimate.

In answer to (b) DTI has spent the following amounts on services to small businesses—via the business link network—since 2000:

Business link network

£ million

2000-01

172

2001-02

141

2002-03

150

2003-04

138

2004-05

140

2005-06

144

Note:

The business link network provides advice and support to c. 700,000 small businesses every year, at start up and growth stages, with the quality and reach of that advice increasing all the time.