asked the Secretary of State for Trade how many questionnaires requesting information from firms with up to a £1 million turnover have been discontinued since 3 May 1979 and how many new ones introduced ; and how many different ones are sent out at present.
[pursuant to his reply, 16 June 1980, c. 442]: The number of statistical forms sent out by the Departments of Industry and Trade, which share a common statistical service, was 643,000 in 1979. Details were given in the reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Peterborough (Dr. Mawhin-ney) on 11 June—[Vol. 986, c. 190–92].37,000 forms per year have been discontinued since 3 May 1979. Without disproportionate cost it is not possible to identify those addressed to businesses with up to £1 million turnover, but they represent the majority.