§ Mr. Stephen O'Brien:
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps she is taking to improve access to finance for social enterprises. 
§ Nigel Griffiths:
We are working with banks and Community Development Finance Institutions on the recommendations made in the Bank of England's report on access to finance for social enterprises, which was published in May 2003.
A fuller update of successes to date can be found in "A Progress Report on Social Enterprise: a strategy for success", on the DTI Social Enterprise website.