§ 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:842W
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.