§ Mr. Hoban
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Chorley (Mr. Hoyle), of 22 October 2002,Official Report, column 248W, on the Small Business Service, which of the targets to be achieved by 31 October have been met. 
§ Nigel Griffiths
The SBS launched the "Bridges" community development venture fund early in May 2002.
The six Investment Readiness demonstration projects were under way by September 2002.
A National Start-up Forum has been established and considered an outline Action Plan at its first meeting in September. The forum will consider a final version at its second meeting in November with a view to publication of the Action Plan in December.
The SBS strategy for the years 2003–04 to 2005–06 will be published in November.