HC Deb 13 April 1988 vol 131 c158W
14. Mr. Gregory

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has of the numbers of retailers of confectionery in the United Kingdom in 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1987; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Butcher

It is estimated that at least 75,000 retail businesses in Great Britain sold some confectionery in 1986, but this figure does not cover incidental sales by small retailers or by many non-retail businesses.

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