§ Mr. Eldon Griffiths
asked the Secretary of State for Trade how many new trading companies have been registered in each of the various regions in each of the past four quarters.
§ Mr. Eyre
The available information about company incorporations is as follows:
Region January to March April to June July to Sept. October to Dec. England and Wales 18,004 16,297 15,550 16,253 Scotland 725 960 648 937 Northern Ireland 179 148 164 117
No further regional breakdown is maintained and I regret that it is not possible to say how many of these companies are actually engaged in trade.