§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many new businesses have been started in Wales(a) in total and (b) by women in each of the last five years.
§ Mr. David Hunt
Comprehensive information on the number of new business start-ups in Wales(a) in total and (b) by women in each of the last five years is not available.
However, VAT registration figures are available by year up to 1991 and for the period 1987–91 as a whole show a gross addition of 49,100 VAT registered businesses in Wales. The number of VAT registrations in Wales for each of the last five years is as follows:
Year VAT registrations 1987 8,700 1988 10,900 1989 10,900 1990 10,200 1991 8,400 1987–91 49,100