HC Deb 31 January 1995 vol 253 cc595-7W
Mr. Pearson

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment which TEC areas(a) will and (b) will not provide business start-up programme type support in 1995–96; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Paice

A list of training and enterprise council areas where there will be direct business start-up support in 1995–96 from the single regeneration budget is shown in the table.

Start-up support will also be available through the training for work programme, from TECs' own reserves and from the Prince's Youth Business Trust which receives funding from the Department, but the TEC areas concerned cannot readily be identified. For this reason, it is not possible to supply a list of any areas which may be entirely without such support.

The Areas with direct business start-up support from the single regeneration budget, 1995–96

  • Avon TEC
  • AZTEC (Kingston upon Thames)
  • Barnsley/Doncaster TEC
  • Bedfordshire TEC
  • Birmingham TEC
  • Bradford and District TEC
  • Calderdale and Kirklees TEC
  • CENTEC (Central London)
  • CEWTEC (Wirral)
  • CILNTEC (Inner London North)
  • County Durham TEC
  • Coventry and Warwickshire TEC
  • Cumbria TEC
  • Devon and Cornwall TEC
  • Dorset TEC
  • Dudley TEC
  • ELTEC (East Lancashire)
  • Gloucestershire TEC
  • Greater Peterborough TEC
  • Hampshire TEC
  • HAWTEC (Hereford and Worcester)
  • Hertfordshire TEC
  • Humberside TEC
  • LAWTEC (Lancashire West)
  • Leeds TEC
  • Lincolnshire TEC
  • London East TEC
  • Manchester TEC
  • Merseyside TEC
  • METROTEC (Wigan)
  • Norfolk and Waveney TEC
  • North Derbyshire TEC
  • North London TEC
  • North Nottinghamshire TEC
  • North West London TEC
  • North Yorkshire TEC
  • Northamptonshire TEC
  • Northumberland TEC
  • QUALITEC (St. Helens)
  • Rochdale TEC
  • Rotherham TEC
  • Sandwell TEC
  • Sheffield TEC
  • Shropshire TEC
  • SOLOTEC (Bromley)
  • Somerset TEC
  • South East Cheshire TEC
  • South Thames TEC
  • Southern Derbyshire TEC
  • Staffordshire TEC
  • Sunderland City TEC
  • Sussex TEC
  • Teesside TEC
  • Tyneside TEC
  • Wakefield TEC
  • West London TEC
  • Wolverhampton TEC

Mr. Pearson

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what plans his Department has for ensuring that unemployed people who wish to start their own businesses have an equal opportunity to do so following the placing of the business start-up scheme in the single regeneration budget.

Mr. Paice

Support for unemployed people who wish to start their own business will continue. The single regeneration budget projects recently approved will provide over 18,000 start-up opportunities. Training and enterprise councils are being encouraged to take advantage of arrangements which allow people in training for work to pursue self-employment and TECs may fund further start-up help through their own reserves. We also continue to contribute to the work of the Prince's Youth Business Trust which helps young people set up in business through the provision of grants and/or loans.