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Non-profit Making Associations

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 15 January 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many social enterprises there are in each region (a) in total and (b) per 10,000 population. (244861)

I have been asked to reply.

The most recent figures suggest that there are at least 55,000 social enterprises in the UK. Social enterprises are not, however, defined by a particular legal form and as a result are not required to register with any one body. Information on the number of social enterprises in each region is, therefore, unavailable. Based on the most recent estimates, there are about 11 social enterprises per 10,000 adult population (over 16 years).