§ Mr. C. Smith
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he has any information showing the number of bankruptcies of building contractors for a representative pre-war year, for 1947 and for the early months of 1948.
§ Mr. H. Wilson
For the years 1934–1938, the average number of bankruptcies in all trades was 3,324, of which 305 were builders. In 1947 the corresponding figures were 626 and 78, and for the first quarter of 1948 they were 253 and 26.