I am not convinced that, despite all the fine words in the Coalition Agreement, the Conservative Coalition is serious about enterprise and entrepreneurship.
So I have tabled some Parliamentary Questions to prod them into exposing their thinking about where they stand. The questions are as follows:
“To ask Her Majesty’s Government:
- What entrepreneurship and enterprise projects they have (a) fully and (b) partially funded; and what plans they have to fund such projects in each of the next five years.
- What proportion of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills budget was spent on promoting enterprise and entrepreneurship in the UK in each of the last five years.
- Whether there are plans to increase or decrease the proportion of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills annual expenditure which is allocated to promoting and developing enterprise and entrepreneurship.
- What plans they have to develop the Work for Yourself Programme as set out the Coalition Agreement and how much funding the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills plans to allocate to develop the Work for Yourself Programme in each of the next five years.”