HC Deb 16 May 1990 vol 172 c440W
130. Mr. Amos

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the net number of new firms registered for value added tax purposes for the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Ryder

On the basis of Customs and Excise data on registrations and deregistrations processed, the net increase in the number of businesses registered for value added tax in 1989 was 84,374. This reflected 261,783 new registrations and 177,409 deregistrations. The net increase was more than three-and-a-half times higher than in 1980.