UK parliamentary questions 080714

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There were some written questions asked on social enterprises:

Programme spending on the third sector seems to run at around £100m in 2006-7.

Non-profit Making Associations

Margaret Moran: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what plans he has to develop the capacity of the social enterprise sector to deliver public services; and if he will make a statement.

Phil Hope: In June 2008, I announced a new £6 million investment from Capacitybuilders for social enterprise support over the next three years.

This programme will help build the capacity of social enterprises to deliver public services by improving the support system through having more accredited advisers and programmes such as mentoring and developing emerging markets, depending on regional priorities.

Margaret Moran: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what discussions he has had on social enterprise as part of the development of the proposals in the Enterprise White Paper.

Phil Hope: The Office of the Third Sector worked closely with BERR during the drafting of the enterprise White Paper to ensure the paper both recognised the important role of social enterprise, and that the measures included were both relevant to and inclusive of social enterprise. I met the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business and Competitiveness to discuss the inclusion of social enterprise in the paper. The resulting White Paper is applicable to all types of enterprise and the measures proposed recognise social enterprise as a distinct form.

Non-profit Making Associations: Finance

Margaret Moran: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much he provided to the (a) social enterprise and (b) voluntary and community sector in each of the last five years.

Phil Hope: For breakdowns of Active Communities Directorate and Social Enterprise Unit spending from 1998-99 to 2005-06, prior to the creation of the Office of the Third Sector, I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Tunbridge Wells (Greg Clark) on 8 October 2007, Official Report, column 4W.

Since May 2006 the OTS has run funding streams covering the whole of the third sector and some specifically targeted at certain parts of the sector. A breakdown of the figures for 2006-07 can be found online in the annual report and resource accounts 2006-07 via the following address:

Copies are also available in the Libraries of the House.