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Ms Hewitt: My Department's innovation programme expenditure is primarily providing support to industry UK-wide. In the financial year 200102, £340 million was allocated to this support. It would be a disproportionate cost to ascertain the regional breakdown of this expenditure. Moreover in many instances mapping the immediate recipient of the support would not give a reliable guide to the ultimate distribution of the benefit.
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RIF provides a funding stream to the nine English Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) to enable them to support regional competitiveness, innovation and enterprise, and to support cluster development and business incubation in their regions. A breakdown of my Department's 200102 RIF allocation of £54.1 million to the RDAs is as follows:
|One North East||8.9|
|North West Development Agency||7.4|
|East Midlands Development Agency (emda)||4.3|
|Advantage West Midlands||6.3|
|East of England Development Agency||3.5|
|South West of England Regional Development Agency||4.7|
|London Development Agency||5.8|
Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what action she is taking (a) to promote female entrepreneurs and (b) to create an enterprise environment that supports both men and women. 
improving the tax regime, by introducing new measures to help small businesses grow, including simplifying VAT for half a million small firms and extension of the 10p corporation tax rate
radical rethink of the UK competition regime.
SBS's services are available to both male and female entrepreneurs in England, through the Business Link network, which provides local advice and support to all entrepreneurs on everything needed to start and grow a business. Business Connect delivers a similar service in Wales.
In addition, SBS has set up the Phoenix Fund to encourage entrepreneurship in disadvantaged areas and within groups which are currently under-represented in terms of business ownership (including women). The Phoenix Fund as a whole is worth £100 million over the four financial years from 200004. 16 projects specifically target the needs of women. The National Assembly for Wales has a separate budget to promote female entrepreneurs.
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Miss Melanie Johnson: Under UK competition legislation, responsibility for monitoring markets and considering allegations of anti-competitive behaviour is a matter for the Director General of Fair Trading. I have asked the Director General to write to the hon. Member directly.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Small Business Service in assisting the establishment of new companies. 
Nigel Griffiths: The SBS delivers a range of support to start-up businesses through the Business Link network and manages a number of specific initiatives. All SBS services are subject to regular and rigorous evaluation.
considerable progress had been made in developing understanding of local markets and developing local/regional service offers;
funding should be rolled forward to enable more detailed evaluation;
support is being provided, across a variety of business sectors, to people who are traditionally considered to face barriers in starting and growing a business including women, ethnic minorities and young entrepreneurs. A full evaluation of this initiative has just commenced.
clients were impressed with the quality of the volunteers and that mentoring could make a difference to their business;
mentors were confident that they could make a difference to the businesses they were supporting;
the National Federation of Enterprise Agencies, who co-ordinate the delivery of the BVMA initiative, were confident that the scheme could make a significant contribution to support services for pre and early start businesses.
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Nigel Griffiths: Business Links exist and operate only in England. There are 45 Business Link operators, appointed by the Small Business Service (SBS), operating in 45 designated areas throughout England.
Business Link operators receive a grant from SBS in the form of a Core Services allocation, which funds the core business support services that the BL operator is obliged to deliver under the terms of their agreement. Other funding is provided by the SBS to deliver specialist services like the UK Online for Business, Local Partnership Fund and High Growth Start-ups programmes, these funds are allocated at regional level.
|South East (6)|
|Hampshire and Isle of Wight||4,660,054||3.6|
|Oxfordshire, Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire||3,772,524||2.9|
|South West (6)|
|Devon and Cornwall||4,161,670||3.2|
|Wiltshire and Swindon||1,577,421||1.2|
|West Midlands (6)|
|Birmingham and Solihull||2,789,038||2.1|
|Coventry and Warwickshire||2,029,638||1.6|
|Herefordshire and Worcestershire||1,970,340||1.5|
|The Black Country||2,600,619||2.0|
|East Midlands (5)|
|Lincolnshire and Rutland||1,813,842||1.4|
|Yorkshire and The Humber (4)|
|North West (7)|
|Cheshire and Warrington||2,316,044||1.8|
|North Manchester CBS||2,661,103||2.0|
|North and West Lancashire||2,315,636||1.8|
|North East (4)|
|Tyne and Wear||2,287,504||1.8|
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