§ Mr. Salmond
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many aggregates companies there are in each region of the UK; and how many there were in 2001. 
§ Ruth Kelly
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.
Letter from Colin Mowl to Alex Salmond, dated 10 September 2003:
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question on the number of aggregates companies there are in each region of the UK. I am replying in his absence. (127198)
The table below shows the number of companies, broken down by region, who reported aggregate material in 2001 and 2002. This information has been taken from the Annual Minerals Survey (AMRI), carried out by the Office for National Statistics on behalf of the Department for Trade and Industry and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
Companies, broken down by region, who reported aggregate material in 2001 and 2002 Region name 2001 2002 North East 14 16 Yorkshire & the Humber 33 32 North West 29 28 West Midlands 29 28 East Midlands 34 32 East of England 44 44 South East 48 45 South West 50 50 Wales 36 32 Scotland 102 99 Total companies 353 341
The data relates to GB only.
The same company may appear in more than one region.
The total is the overall number of companies.