Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Type: Oral Parliamentary Question (OPQ)
    Date of Answer: 03.05.2007
    Column References: 459 c1629-30
    Member Tabling Question: Lilley, Peter
    Topic: Business Support Schemes
    Question: When he expects to meet the Government’s target of reducing the number of business support schemes to 100.
    Answering Department: Dept of Trade and Industry
    Member Answering Question: McCartney, Ian
    Answer: About £2.5 billion pounds of public money is spent every year on direct business support. Money is spent by central Government Departments, their agencies and local authorities. The DTI is leading the cross-Government programme to simplify the number of business support services from around 3,000 to no more than 100 by 2010. By reducing the number of schemes and the “back room costs” of providing business support, we will ensure that a greater proportion of the money spent helps business and will achieve more with the same spend. About £2.5 billion pounds of public money is spent every year on direct business support. Money is spent by central Government Departments, their agencies and local authorities. The DTI is leading the cross-Government programme to simplify the number of business support services from around 3,000 to no more than 100 by 2010. By reducing the number of schemes and the “back room costs” of providing business support, we will ensure that a greater proportion of the money spent helps business and will achieve more with the same spend.
    Question Number: 135431

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