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Small Businesses

Volume 709: debated on Wednesday 25 March 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many small businesses closed in (a) each English region, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in (1) each quarter of 2008, and (2) the first two months of 2009. [HL2170]

Official data relating to small business closures in 2008 and the first two months of 2009 are not yet available.

The Office for National Statistics is responsible for producing annual statistics on the number of small businesses opening and closing in the UK. This publication, Business Demography, is available on its website at www. statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=15186.

The latest publication (released 28 November 2008) relates to business births and deaths in 2007. Data relating to 2008 will not be published until autumn 2009, and 2009 data will not be published until autumn 2010.