HC Deb 06 November 1980 vol 991 c643W
Mr. Bright

asked the Secretary of State for Industry whether he will use sampling techniques combined with exemption for small firms to reduce the work involved by industry in participating in the annual census of production.

Mr. David Mitchell

We have already made considerable progress in reducing the demands made on small firms by use of sampling techniques. We shall now extend those for the 1980 annual census saving approximately 10,000 small firms from the need to provide this information, and all firms with fewer than 100 employees will receive a simplified form.