§ Mr. O'Halloran
asked the Secretary of State for Trade how many bankruptcy cases were dealt with by the courts in the Greater London area in 1981; and what was 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 the High Court and other courts in the county of Greater London is 1,079. This is before deducting receiving orders which have been consolidated or rescinded, figures for which are not yet available. This is an increase of 28 per cent. on 1980 and of 20 per cent. on 1979, using comparable figures for those years.