I have been asked to reply.
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.
Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated January 2010:
As Director General for the Office for National Statistics 1 have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking 'how many mergers of companies have taken place in (a) North Yorkshire and (b) England in each of the last three years' (309524).
The Office for National Statistics collects information on UK Mergers and Acquisitions through quarterly surveys looking at both cross border and domestic transactions. Unfortunately these surveys are only able to provide data for the UK as a whole, meaning that regional analysis is not possible.
Data on the number of domestic (UK companies acquiring other UK companies) and inward (foreign companies acquiring UK companies) transactions from q1 2007 to q3 2009 are provided below.
|Number of inward and domestic mergers and acquisitions (over 50 per cent. ordinary shares), United Kingdom, Q1 2007 to Q3 2009|
|Reference period||Number of inward acquisitions||Number of domestic acquisitions|
|2007 Q1-4 total||390||1,258|
|2008 Ql-4 total||351||980|
|2009 Q1-3 total||116||451|