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Construction

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many construction industry businesses there were in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997. (202456)

Estimates of the total number of construction businesses in the North East and UK are published by BERR. These data are shown in the following table, for each year that data are available from 1997 to 2006. Regional data are available for 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2005. Data for 2007 will be published in July 2008.

Table 1: Total number of construction businesses, start of year calendar year

North East

UK

1997

n/a

829,065

1998

21,215

728,705

1999

14,870

683,530

2000

n/a

678,515

2001

11,635

691,800

2002

n/a

733,610

2003

20,470

792,050

2004

n/a

862,515

2005

23,680

923,770

2006

n/a

920,780

Source: Small and Medium Enterprise Statistics for the UK and Regions 1997 to 2006, available at: http://stats.berr.gov.uk/ed/sme

The number of construction businesses in the UK rose by 91,715 (11 per cent.) between 1997 and 2006. The number of construction businesses in the North East rose by 2,465 (12 per cent.) between 1998 and 2005.

Below regional level the only data available are that on the number of VAT registered construction businesses, which are published by BERR. These data are shown in the following table for Jarrow constituency, South Tyneside local authority, the North East Government Office Region and the UK. Data for 2008 will be published in November 2008.

Table 2: VAT registered construction businesses, start of calendar year

Jarrow constituency1

South Tyneside

North East

UK

1997

95

170

4,570

177,510

1998

95

170

4,585

180,410

1999

95

175

4,605

183,570

2000

95

175

4,675

186,240

2001

95

180

4,755

189,830

2002

105

190

4,835

194,155

2003

100

195

4,945

199,100

2004

100

200

5,235

206,580

2005

105

215

5,520

213,495

2006

115

240

5,795

221,330

2007

125

255

6,040

228,770

1 Data for Jarrow Constituency come from special analysis of the Inter Departmental Business Register. Source: Business Start-ups and Closures: VAT Registrations and De-registrations 1994-2006, available at: http://stats.berr.gov.uk/ed/vat

VAT registrations do not capture all business activity. Businesses are unlikely to be registered if they fall below the compulsory VAT threshold, which was £60,000 at the start of 2006. Only 221,000 out of 921,000 UK construction enterprises (24 per cent.) were registered for VAT at the start of 2006.