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Small Businesses

Volume 12: debated on Monday 9 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry what further measures he proposes to give assistance to small businesses.

We have already done a great deal to help small businesses, which we are publicising at present through the business opportunities programme. Through that programme and in many other ways I am in constant touch with small businesses and regularly consider with them whether further measures are needed. There is to be a debate on the subject of the Government's policy towards small businesses in this House on Friday.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry how many new small businesses with fewer than 200 employees have been set up each month during the last 12 months; and how many have gone into liquidation.

This information is not available in the form requested, though work is now being done in the Department on it. Details of insolvencies in England and Wales were publishd in British Business on 16 and 23 October.

asked the Secretary of State for Industry how many businesses employing fewer than 200 people existed in Great Britain in September of each year since 1976; and how many people those businesses employed.

The available information relating to manufacturing enterprises in the United Kingdom employing fewer than 200 in the private sector is as follows:

YearEnterprisesEmployment (thousands)
197686,2791576·3
197786,7391552·0
197887,1681515·7
197986,8381498·2
Further details are available from table 12 of Business Monitor PA 1002. Information is not available for subsequent years or for non-manufacturing enterprises.