§ Malcolm Bruce
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many enterprises were registered for VAT at the start of each year since 1997; and if he will list(a) the number of enterprises registering for VAT, (b) the number of businesses deregistering from VAT, (c) the number of closures involving bankruptcy or insolvency proceedings and (d) the net gain or loss in the stock of registered enterprises for (i) each year since 1997 and (ii) each month in 2003 broken down by (A) standard industrial classification and (B) region. 
§ John Healey
HM Customs and Excise do not produce detailed statistics of VAT registrations or de-registrations or of insolvencies. The statistics requested at(a), (b) and (d) are published by the Small Business Service; the statistics requested at (c) are published by the Department of Trade and Industry. [More information is available on their respective websites at www.sbs.qov.uk and www.dti.gov.uk].