HC Deb 08 July 2003 vol 408 cc747-8W
Mrs Curtis-Thomas

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the start-up rate for businesses is in(a) Merseyside, (b) the North West and (c) England. [124440]

Nigel Griffiths

Business start-ups are measured officially by VAT registrations. The latest year for which VAT registration data is available is 2001.

VAT Registrations 2001
Number Rate per 10,000 adults
England 154,280 39
North West 17,565 32
Merseyside Metropolitan County1 13,370 30
1 Excludes Halton UA


Business start-ups and closures: VAT registrations and de registrations 1980–2001, Small Business Service.

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