§ 79. Mr. Couchman
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what are the latest figures for the number of business start-ups on the basis of value added tax registrations.
§ Mr. Lilley
The number of VAT registrations and de-registrations processed by Customs and Excise in the period April to October 1988 is:
Number New registrations 139,494 De-registrations 99,519 Net increase 39,975
This represents a record average increase in the size of the VAT register of well over 1,000 a week.