§ Mr. Hannam
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many applications for the business on own account scheme were received for each of the last five years for which figures are available; how many were approved; and what were the total grants made in each year.
§ Mr. Lee
The information requested about the business on own account scheme is given in the table:
Number of applications Number of approvals Expenditure on grants £ 1984–85 15 7 26,272 1985–86 14 5 42,506 1986–87 12 1 4,211 1987–88 9 6 22,012 1988–89 16 8 30,454
The future development of my Department's special schemes for people with disabilities, including the business on own account scheme is being considered as part of our internal review of services for people with disabilities.