HC Deb 19 July 1977 vol 935 cc517-8W
Mr. Michael Marshall

asked the Secretary of State for Employment why Form ED90B Annual Census of Employment asks for the VAT registration number of the person to whom the form is sent; what use is made of this information; and what other Departments have access to this information.

Mr. Golding

The forms used by this Department to collect information in the annual census of employment, including

Sponsor Project Jobs MSC Grant
London and South East area £
National Union of Teachers Clerical work on archives and in library 3 6,122
Midlands area
National Union of Teachers Preparation of publicity material for various educational groups 8 18,720
Northern area
NALGO Improvement to lawn tennis and bowling facilities available to members and public 10 4,979

In addition, three jobs have been sponsored by the North East Trade Union Studies Information Unit, with an MSC grant of £7,809, to provide research facilities and local information for trade unions in the Northern area.

Mr. Jim Callaghan

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list

Form ED90B, seek VAT registration numbers solely for statistical purposes. The aim is to help prepare aggregate statistics on employment on the same basis, for example, for the same group of firms in an industry, service or area, as that for which other Government statistics are compiled. Present intentions are for the VAT numbers to be passed only to the Business Statistics Office.