HC Deb 18 February 1986 vol 92 c143W
51. Mr. Kenneth Carlisle

asked the Paymaster General what has been the net change in the number of small businesses over each of the last three years.

Mr. Trippier

The estimated net increases in the number of businesses registered for VAT in 1982, 1983 and 1984 are 20,259, 34,936 and 36,420 respectively. As more information becomes available, an estimate for 1985 will be prepared and the estimates for previous years revised.