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Business: Essex

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 8 April 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many businesses were registered for value added tax in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point in each year since 1997. (325846)

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

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated April 2010:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning how many businesses were registered for value added tax in (a) Essex and (b) Castle Point in each year since 1997. [325846]

Annual statistics on counts of VAT and/or PAYE based enterprises are available for 2009 from the ONS release UK Business: Activity, Size and Location at

www.statistics.gov.uk.

The table below is a subset of this, containing just VAT based enterprise statistics and shows the count of VAT based Enterprises in Essex County and Castle Point for each year from 1997.

Count of VAT based Enterprises in Essex county and Castle Point from 1997-2009

Essex county

Castle Point

1997

42,065

n/a

1998

43,625

2,105

1999

37,705

2,130

2000

38,655

2,160

2001

39,100

2,165

2002

39,395

2,190

2003

39,705

2,205

2004

39,435

2,160

2005

40,090

2,160

2006

40,505

2,215

2007

41,065

2,245

2008

42,475

2,295

2009

42,390

2,235