§ Mr. Newens
asked the Secretary of State for Trade (1) if he will give the number of bankruptcies notified on a monthly basis for each month from January 1979;
(2) if he will give the number of bankruptcies notified in the building trade on a monthly basis for each month from January 1979.
§ Mr. Eyre
The numbers of bankruptcies which relate to individuals and partnerships in England and Wales are as follows:
Bankruptcies* 1979 January 337 February 334 March 302 April 217 May 293 June 345 July 354 August 176 September 193 October 355 November 352 December 242 1980 January 240 February 323 March 385 April 307 May 337 June 361
Monthly figures for individual industries are not available and quarterly figures are not very reliable and may be incomplete. Annual figures are better and the figure for 1979 for construction is 598W given below, together with the figures for the first quarters of 1979 and 1980.
Bankruptcies* in the construction industry Jan-Dec Jan-March 1979 832 163 1980 158 * Deeds of arrangement are included as well as receiving and administration orders.