asked the Paymaster General what information he has as to the number of small firms set up in Leicester (a) since 1979 and (b) since 1983; and if he will make a statement.
The available information is as follows.
VAT registrations in Leicestershire
|Number registered at end 1979||19,887|
|New registrations 1980–83||10,145|
|Net increase 1980–83||1,916|
|Number registered at end 1983||21,803|
Details from 1983 to date are not readily available.