HC Deb 12 April 1989 vol 150 c604W
Dr. Godman

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the number of unemployed people in(a) Greenock and Port Glasgow, (b) Strathclyde and (c) Scotland who have been helped to start a business through the enterprise allowance scheme in each year since its inception; and how many of these schemes have failed in each year.

Mr. Lang

The number of unemployed people who started their own business with the help of the enterprise allowance scheme in each year since its inception in August 1983 in the areas requested is set out in the table.

Enterprise allowance scheme
Year Greenock and Port Glasgow Strathclyde Scotland
1983–84 (August to March) 26 585 2,249
1984–85 48 1,352 3,794
1985–86 79 1,601 5,311
1986–87 105 2,386 8,260
1987–88 122 2,779 9,894
1988–89 101 2,558 8,494

Information on the number of these businesses which have subsequently failed is not available. However, the latest national survey shows that of those businesses completing 12 months on the scheme 74 per cent. were still trading 18 months after start-up with 65 per cent. still trading three years after start-up.

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