HC Deb 30 March 2000 vol 347 c242W
Mr. Steinberg

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many small businesses are based in North East England; and what percentage this represents of the UK total. [117215]

Ms Hewitt

The total number of small and medium enterprises in the North East is 39,600 and this represents 3 per cent, of the equivalent figure for the UK.