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Inland Revenue (Business Support Teams)

Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 18 June 2003

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many small businesses have received assistance from the Inland Revenue's Business Support Teams in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. [119447]

[holding answer 16 June 2003]: The Inland Revenue set up its Business Support Teams in 1999 to provide help and support to businesses and employers, particularly new and small businesses, on dealing with income tax and national insurance contributions, and payroll matters.In 2000–01 they assisted:

Number
Employers with fewer than 10 employees37,565
Employers with 10 or more employees25,131
Businesses7,539
Prospective businesses1,815
In addition, 37,547 individuals representing both employers and businesses attended technical presentations given by Business Support Teams.In 2001–02 they assisted:

Number
Employers with fewer than 10 employees41,652
Employers with 10 or more employees20,280
Businesses20,891
Prospective businesses3,568
In addition, 45,767 individuals representing both employers and businesses attended technical presentations given by Business Support Teams.In 2002–03 they assisted:

Number
Employers with fewer than 10 employees40,839
Employers with 10 or more employees18,135
Businesses36,074
Prospective businesses5,318
In addition, 64,418 individuals representing both employers and businesses attended technical presentations given by Business Support Teams.