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Small Businesses

Volume 173: debated on Tuesday 5 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many small businesses were established in 1989, by region.

The latest available information, based on VAT data, is for 1988 and is given in the table. However, early indications from data collected by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise are that there was a net increase in 1989 in the United Kingdom as a whole of 1,500 a week on average, compared with 1,200 a week in 1988.

Value added tax registrations, deregistrations and net change in 1988
Registrations (thousand)Deregistrations (thousand)Net change (per cent.)
South East91616
East Anglia964
South West22155
West Midlands19144
East Midlands15114
Yorkshire and Humberside17134
North West21182
North872
Wales1184
Scotland14113
Northern Ireland332
United Kingdom2301664