PRODCOM Forms

Treasury written question – answered on 4th July 2005.

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Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands Conservative, Hammersmith and Fulham

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many small businesses have been required to complete PRODCOM returns in each of the last five years.

Photo of John Healey John Healey The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Hands, dated 4 July 2005

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning how many small businesses have been required to complete PRODCOM returns in each of the last five years. (9586)

For most industries PRODCOM is an annual inquiry. For some however it has been quarterly. The number of small (less than 20 employee) businesses selected for each of the last five years has been:

Numbers selected
Year to which the

inquiry related

For the annual inquiry For the quarterly inquiries
2000 6,974 1,032
2001 6,984 1,023
2002 6,930 1,019
2003 6,970 1,013
2004 6,964 1,009

The total number of small businesses in these sectors is around 131,000.

From the beginning of this year the quarterly PRODCOM inquiries have ceased. These industries are now, like the others, being covered annually. Therefore, selected firms in these industries that would previously have received four forms in the year, will in future only get one.

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