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
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:
|Year to which the |
|For the annual inquiry||For the quarterly inquiries|
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.