HC Deb 14 November 1991 vol 198 cc626-7W
Mr. Dover

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for each year in which the quality initiative section of the enterprise initiative has been operational(a) what sum of Government money has been spent,(b) how many separate grants have been provided,(c) what is the average amount provided by the Government for each grant,(d) how many enterprises have applied for arid received certification by third party certification authorities confirming compliance with the requirements of BS 5750 and(e) how many grants have been provided to trade associations for the purpose of preparing guidelines and model quality manuals for the use of their members in developing their own manuals.

Mr. Lilley

The information requested is provided by financial year and covers the quality element of the enterprise initiative consultancy scheme.

1988–89 1989–90 1990–91
Project spend (£ million) 2.8 10.0 13.3
Completed projects 903 3,263 3,782
Average project spend (£) 3,101 3,065 3,517

A recent survey carried out by scheme contractors has indicated that 95 per cent. of firms taking the quality consultancy scheme have applied for, intend to apply for, or have achieved certification under BS5750. To date, under the quality consultancy scheme, one trade association has applied for strategic advice on the preparation of quality procedures common to member businesses.

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