HC Deb 19 November 1996 vol 285 c506W
Ms Mowlam

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of firms in Northern Ireland have fewer than 20 employees. [3838]

Mr. Ancram

There are 18,178 non-agricultural enterprises in the private sector in Northern Ireland which have fewer than 20 employees. This accounts for 87.7 per cent. of the total number of enterprises registered for VAT or PAYE.

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