HC Deb 05 May 1955 vol 540 cc1879-80
13. Mr. Sparks

asked the President of the Board of Trade the number of bankruptcies in 1951 and each subsequent year to the nearest convenient date.

The President of the Board of Trade (Mr. Peter Thorneycroft)

1,816, 2,043, 2,222 and 2,176.

Mr. Sparks

Do not those very high figures of bankruptcies indicate that a large number of small people were misled by the propaganda of the right hon. Gentleman's party at the last Election?

Mr. Thorneycroft

Between 1948 and 1951 there was an increase of 60 per cent. in bankruptcies, but I am bound to say that much worse things than that could be said against the record of the previous Administration.