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Small Businesses

Volume 13: debated on Monday 23 November 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry if, further to his answer to the hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed of 9 November relating to small businesses, he will publish the information he has on the number of new small businesses being set up in any form in which that information is available to him; if he will publish the results of the work being done in his Department described in his answer as soon as it is completed; and if he will distinguish from the figures listed in "British Business" for 16 and 23 October the numbers of small businesses which became insolvent.

[pursuant to his reply, 12 November 1981, c. 146]: It is our intention to make the information available when it is ready to be published. The figures published in "British Business" cannot distinguish businesses becoming insolvent by size of firm since this information is not recorded.