Avid readers of this blog (and there must presumably be one of you out there) will recall that I have been pestering the Department for Business Innovation and Skills with Parliamentary Questions designed to find out how serious the Conservative Coalition is about promoting enterprise and entrepreneurship. The first answer I got back essentially said they didn’t know. I have now had three more answers which essentially say they still don’t know:
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Baroness Wilcox): We are not able to provide the information requested. Owing to previous structural changes arising from decisions about the machinery of government, we cannot accurately allocate spend to these specific areas. Promotion of enterprise and entrepreneurship covers a wide range of activities and financial information is split between a number of areas of spend and individual databases within the department.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Lord Freud): Your question has been passed to the Department for Work and Pensions as this department has responsibility for the new enterprise allowance formerly known as work for yourself. Following the spending review, funding for the NEA has been secured as part of the department’s budget for the years 2011-12 and 2012-13. The design and delivery of the allowance is currently being finalised and therefore no decision has been taken on the allocation of funding.