§ Mr. Robert Banks
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how much of North Yorkshire training and enterprise council's budget for 1993–94 was devoted to the development of(a) self-employed businesses and (b) new businesses in the Harrogate/Knaresborough travel-to-work area.
§ Miss Widdecombe
North Yorkshire training and enterprise council's budget for 1993–94 was £21,193,516. Many elements of the budget include assistance for the development of self-employed and new businesses. In addition, £265,268 was devoted to services exclusively for existing businesses, many of them self-employed, and £1,710,800 exclusively for the development of new businesses.
It is not possible to give a complete indication of the proportion of spending on the development of businesses which was devoted to the Harrogate and Knaresborough area, as some of the services are demand led rather than allocated to areas. However, for two of the services for existing businesses, business skill seminars and the business development service, 433 out of a total of 2,191 people assisted during 1993–94 came from the Harrogate and Knaresborough area. For the development of new business, in 1993–94, North Yorkshire TEC allocated 20.1 per cent. of its business start-up budget to the Harrogate and Knaresborough area.