§ Mr. Conway
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the present rate of value added tax registration in the Shrewsbury and Atcham area compared with the same period in 1984.
§ Mr. Hayhoe
I regret that detailed records are not maintained in this form. Statistics of new VAT registrations are prepared quarterly on a geographical basis636W by reference to the local VAT office at which the registrations are made. Available information for the Shrewsbury VAT office, which covers a somewhat larger area than my hon. Friend's constituency, is as follows:Total number of registrations as at 3 January 1984 — 13,555.Total number of registrations as at 3 January 1985 — 13,618.New registrations quarter ending 3 January 1984—282.New registrations quarter ending 3 January 1985—309.