§ Mr. Leigh
[holding answer 17 March 1993]: The Department has a rolling programme of evaluations to assess the value of assistance schemes and to guide policy. In the last three years, 13 evaluations have been carried out of assistance schemes, of which all have involved some sampling of recipients.487W
My right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Trade is now considering what further evaluations should be carried out during 1993–94 to inform policy towards small and medium-sized firms.