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Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many small businesses there were in (a) England, (b) Eastern England and (c) Southend West constituency in each year since 1997. (321899)

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

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated March 2010:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many small businesses there were in a) England, b) Eastern England and c) Southend West constituency in each year since 1997 (321899).

Annual statistics on business births, deaths and survival are available for 2002 onwards from the ONS release on Business Demography at:

www.statistics.gov.uk

Information on the number of active enterprises by parliamentary constituency is only available from 2004 onwards. The table below contains the latest statistics available on active enterprises with less than 50 employment for England, East of England and Southend West.

Active enterprises with less than 50 employment 2002-08

England

East of England

Southend West

2002

1,804,635

210,510

n/a

2003

1,833,435

213,670

n/a

2004

1,854,375

216,995

3,005

2005

1,871,830

219,080

3,030

2006

1,891,240

221,605

3,090

2007

1,953,335

228,505

3,120

2008

1,990,465

232,590

3,155

n/a = Not available.