HC Deb 26 June 1995 vol 262 cc455-6W
Mr. Thurnham

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list for each of the last 10 years(a) the number of VAT registered businesses per 1,000 population and (b) the number of new businesses per 1,000 population created in (i) Bolton, (ii) the north-west region and (iii) the United Kingdom. [30210]

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory

Customs does not hold information on the ratio of businesses to population or on the number of businesses registered in Bolton alone. Figures are available for VAT—registered businesses by local office. The local VAT office at Blackburn covers, in addition to Blackburn, the towns of Bolton, Accrington and Clitheroe. Figures for the north-west cover Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside. These are given in the table:

Government revenue received in relation to the production of North sea oil; and if he will also calculate the total amount of revenue the Government have received from these sources for each year since 1979. [30176]

Sir George Young

[holding answer 22 June 1995]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 7 June 1995, Official Report, columns 203–4.