§ Mrs. Renée Short
asked the Secretary of State for Trade how many bankruptcy cases were dealt with by the courts in the West Midlands in 1981; and what has been the percentage change in the area in 1981 compared with 1979 and 1980.
§ Mr. Eyre
The provisional total for 1981 for bankruptcy cases dealt with by courts in the West Midlands county is 236. This is before deducting receiving orders which have been consolidated or rescinded, figures for which are not yet available. Compared with 1979 and 1980 figures on the same basis, the number in 1981 was respectively 43 per cent and 14 per cent. greater.443W