HC Deb 19 December 1985 vol 89 c303W
Mr. Gerald Bowden

asked the Paymaster General what is the estimated number of people employed in small firms

Mr. Trippier

While accurate information on employment in small firms is not available, small firms probably provide employment for over one quarter of the employed labour force. The Department is investigating possible methods of improving the quality of information on the level of employment in small firms without increasing the burdens on small businesses.