§ Sir Anthony Meyer
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what were the numbers of new value added tax registrations for businesses with registered addresses in Wales for the calendar years 1987, 1988 and for 1989 to date.
§ Mr. Lilley
[holding answer 6 June 1989]: The local VAT offices that cover Wales also cover parts of England along the Welsh border. These offices are at Chester, Cardiff, Swansea, Carmarthen, Shrewsbury and Colwyn Bay.
The numbers of VAT registrations processed by these officers for the years in question were:
Year New registrations 1987 11,577 1988 14,748 1989—to 31 March 4,061