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Greater levels of entrepreneurship are essential if we are to succeed by increasing economic growth, and female entrepreneurship can, make a crucial contribution in this growth. Because there are unique issues attaching to female entrepreneurship the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has established the National Women's Enterprise task force, in association with women's business support organisation Prowess. The task force will champion women's enterprise issues across Government.
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Both directly and through regional development agency ONE NorthEast the Government supports a range of initiatives which are achieving increases in the numbers of entrepreneurs in the North East of England. Support provide through the Business Link network in the region, ongoing restructuring and simplification Government business support, and the £26.4 million to be shared by Easington, Derwentside, Wear Valley, Sedgefield and South Tyneside under the local enterprise growth initiative (LEGI) will all contribute to the encouragement of new business start-ups in the region.
While many initiatives are aimed at all potential entrepreneurs, there are some which seek to increase opportunities, enhance levels of business skills and raise entrepreneurial aspirations specifically among the female population.
ONE North East in association with regional partners in the public and private sectors has drawn up the North East of England enterprise strategy. The strategy draws together the priorities for developing enterprise in the region and outlines and actions, timescales and responsibilities for their delivery with the aim of encouraging the region's entrepreneurs to create, develop and grow their enterprises. Recognising the importance of encouraging female entrepreneurs, a North East Women's enterprise action plan is currently being developed.
ONE NorthEast backs the Women into the Network, which has already achieved success in encouraging an enhanced culture of entrepreneurship in the region by assisting the integration of aspiring women entrepreneurs into existing business networks.
The Government announced this month that ONE NorthEast will receive £80,000 to establish a pilot Women's Enterprise unit, which will assess measures needed to accelerate rates of women's entrepreneurship in the North East of England.
Mr. Whittingdale: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which services that the BBC proposes to offer will be subject to (a) a market impact assessment and (b) the public value test. 
Tessa Jowell: The BBC's new Charter and Agreement will require the BBC Trust to subject all new services and significant changes to existing services to a public value test. Every public value test will include a market impact assessment.
Officials from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and the chairman of the Advisory Committee on Historic Wreck Sites have recently met elected officials of the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC), among other
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diving organisations. Officials have been in regular correspondence with BSAC and are forming good working relationships over a variety of issues.
Anne Snelgrove: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps are being taken to increase the number of households able to receive Freeview television in (a) South Swindon and (b) England. 
James Purnell: Digital Switchover will enable digital terrestrial coverage to match the current 98.5 per cent. analogue level. Switchover for the HTV West region and the Central region will happen in the first half of 2010 and the first half of 2011 respectively.
Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on what dates she met the Joint Nautical Archaeology Policy Committee; who represented the committee; and whether they were (a) elected or (b) appointed. 
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much business his Department has placed with (a) Capita Group plc and (b) its subsidiaries in each of the last five years; what the total value is of outstanding contracts placed with Capita Group plc and its subsidiaries by his Department; for which current tenders issued by his Department (i) Capita Group plc and (ii) its subsidiaries have been invited to bid; and whether (A) Capita Group plc and (B) its subsidiaries have seconded staff (1) temporarily and (2) on a longer-term basis to (X) his Department and (Y) any of its agencies. 
James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the value of contracts held by his Department with (a) Capita plc and (b) its subsidiaries was in the last three financial years. 
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy when placing material in the Library in response to a parliamentary question to supply a copy of the material to the hon. Member who tabled the question; and if he will make a statement. 
Peter Bottomley: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to his evidence to the Public Administration Committee of 29 March 2006, HC 689-v, on publication of political memoirs, why and how he will arrange to dismiss an official or an adviser who keeps a daily diary; whether an official or an adviser may keep a journal; when that policy was first made; and when it was first made public. 
Mr. Straw: The Diplomatic Service Regulations do not prohibit the keeping of diaries by officials, and no official or adviser would be dismissed for doing so. My evidence to the Committee made clear that I do not object to the keeping of diaries in principle, only to their publication in disregard of the Regulations.
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