§ Mr. Colvin
To ask the President of the Board of Trade how many one-stop shops for advice for businesses have been established and in which locations, in his pilot scheme; and if he will make a statement on their future.
§ Mr. McLoughlin
Firm offers of grant have been made to three areas and one-stop shops are open in Birmingham and Leicester. They are now known as business links. Ten more areas are well advanced with their business plans and I anticipate around 40 business links will be open by April next year. Eventually a national network of around 200 business links will provide local access points for business support services.