The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.
Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated March 2010:
As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning how many small and medium-sized enterprises were registered for value added tax in (a) Stockport Metropolitan Borough, (b) Greater Manchester and (c) the North West in 2009.
The table below is a subset of this, containing just VAT based enterprise statistics.
|Count of VAT-based enterprises by geography and employment size band|
|Employment size band|
|0 to 49 (small)||50 to 249 (medium)||250 + (large)||Total|
|Greater Manchester Metropolitan||56,410||1,155||330||57,895|