HC Deb 18 March 1980 vol 981 cc176-7W
41. Mr. Thornton

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what percentage of the small firms employment subsidy was received by new firms and small firms with fewer than 50 employees.

Mr. Jim Lester

I regret that information in the precise form requested is not available. However, it is estimated that about 95 per cent. of firms which applied for subsidy under the small firms employment subsidy scheme employed fewer than 50 workers and that about 15 per cent. were new firms.