HC Deb 10 February 1960 vol 617 c53W
Mr. Mills

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he will state the number of limited companies engaged in hire purchase business now, as compared with 1950 and 1955; and the number of hire purchase companies with a paid-up capital of £1,000 or less.

Mr. Maudling

The information is not available. About 1,530 finance houses, the great majority of which were limited companies, were traced in the Census of Distribution for 1957.