HC Deb 06 February 1987 vol 109 cc841-2W
Mrs. Peacock

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many businesses in Batley and Spen have (a) registered for value added tax purposes and (b) de-registered for value added tax purposes in each of the last five years.

Mr. Brooke

For reasons of cost, separate statistics are not maintained for individual constituencies, but nearly all of my hon. Friend's constituency is covered by the value added tax office at Halifax. The number of VAT registrations and deregistrations dealt with by that office in each of the calendar years 1982–1986 was:

Registrations Deregistrations
1982 2,011 1,762
1983 2,143 1,739
1984 2,003 1,787
1985 2,228 2,257
1986 2,254 2,329

Customs and Excise estimates that about 25 per cent. of these businesses are located in the Batley and Spen constituency area.

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