§ Mr. Michael Marshall
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what information he has available regarding the number of per capita start ups for new businesses in both the last five and 10 years, respectively, from member countries in the European Economic Community; and if he will express the comparison in tabular form.
§ Mr. Trippier
The information requested is not readily available in respect of other members of the European Community. For the United Kingdom the figures available, which are based upon VAT returns, show that between 1980 and 1984 approximately 820,000 new businesses started up.