Business: Equality

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 13th July 2010.

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Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Conservative, Wirral West

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps the Government Equalities Office is taking to reduce the gender gap between men and women in setting up new businesses.

Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Government believe that much more needs to be done to encourage women to start their own businesses. If women started businesses at the same rate as men each year it would create an additional 150,000 start-up businesses. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has asked my noble Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills to consider the best way of addressing the issues and challenges relating to women's enterprise.

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