§ Mr. Fatchett
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will compare the number of company liquidations dealt with by the Official Receiver's Office for the (a) Leeds, (b) Bradford, (c) Wakefield, (d) Harrogate, (e) Dewsbury and (f) Huddersfield areas for 1982 and 1983.
§ Mr. Fletcher
The official receivers deal only with compulsory company liquidations. The receivers in the Leeds and Bradford offices are attached to the county courts in the areas in the question plus Halifax and the Official Receiver at Leeds is also attached to the Leeds district' registry of the High Court of Justice. The number of cases dealt with following winding-up orders in the various courts was as follows:
1982 1983 (a) Leeds including district registry 40 66 (b) Bradford 11 10 (c) Wakefield 6 3 (d) Harrogate 1 2 (e) Dewsbury 4 4 (f) Huddersfield 2 1 (g) Halifax 0 2 TOTAL 64 88
In addition, the official receivers at Leeds and Bradford dealt with 43 liquidations coming from other courts in 1982 and 62 in 1983, acting as deputies to the official receivers attached to those courts.