§ 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. 748W
§ 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.