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New Businesses: Kent

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the rate of business start-ups in Folkestone and Hythe constituency has been in each quarter since January 2005. (290874)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Jil Matheson, dated 8 September 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning what the business start-up rate in Folkestone and Hythe constituency was in each quarter from January 2005 to the most recent period for which figures are available. (290874).

Quarterly statistics on business start-ups are not available. Annual statistics on business births, deaths and survival are available from the ONS release on Business Demography at www.statistics.gov.uk. The table below contains the latest statistics available on business births for the constituency of Folkestone and Hythe.

Count of births and active enterprises for 2005-07

Folkestone and Hythe

Active

Births

Rate (percentage)

2005

3,440

455

13.2

2006

3,425

430

12.6

2007

3,595

485

13.5