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|Table 2: Number of businesses registered for either VAT and/or PAYE by employee size band and urban/rural area (2006 to 2008)|
|Year (start of)||Number of employees||Less than 5||5 to 9||10 to 19||20 to 39||40 to 69||70 and over||Total in UK private sector|
Data extracted from the Inter Departmental Business Register (IDBR)-Office for National Statistics
These VAT/PAYE data under-estimate the number of businesses in the smaller employment size categories, since they exclude those businesses that are not employers or are too small to register for VAT.
Tim Farron: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of businesses were registered for VAT in (a) rural areas, (b) urban areas and (c) nationally on each year since 1997; and how many businesses were de-registered for VAT in each case in each such year. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Estimates of the number and proportions of annual VAT registrations, de-registrations and the total number of VAT registered(1) businesses (stock) at the start of each year (1997-2007) in the UK, is shown in Table 1.
Additional information is also provided showing the number of annual registrations, de-registrations and the total number of VAT registered businesses by urban/rural area(2) at the start of each year (1997 to 2007) and shown in Table 2.
The total stock of VAT registered businesses in the UK increased by 396,000 (24 per cent.) between 1997 and 2008.
(1) Sourced from the BIS publications 'Business Start-ups and Closures: VAT Registrations and De-registrations' and 'Small and Medium Sized Enterprises for the UK and Regions'.
(2) Figures were taken from the inter departmental business register (IDBR) produced by the Office for National Statistics. They are not directly comparable with those shown in Table 1.
|Table 1: Number of VAT registrations, de-registrations, total number of VAT registered businesses and percentage of Total UK private sector that are VAT Registered (1997-2008)|
|Number of new VAT registrations||Number of new VAT de-registrations||Total number of VAT registered businesses (start of the year)||Total number of UK private sector businesses (start of the year)||VAT registered businesses as a percentage off UK total private sector (start of the year)|
'Business start-ups and closures: VAT registrations and de-registrations' and 'small and medium sized enterprise statistics for the UK and regions'-Department for Business Innovation and Skills.
|Table 2: Number of VAT registrations, de-registrations and total number of VAT registered businesses by urban/rural area (1997-2008)|
|Year||Number of urban based new VAT registrations||Number of rural based new VAT registrations||Number of urban based new VAT de-registrations||Number of rural based new VAT de-registrations||Total number of urban based VAT registered businesses (start of the year)||Total number of rural based VAT registered businesses (start of the year)|
Data extracted from the inter departmental business register (IDBR)-Office for National Statistics.
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