§ Mr. Weetch
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what is the number of firms taken into receivership in East Anglia during each of the last five years.
§ Mr. Butcher
The available information relating to insolvencies is given in the table.
Bankruptcies: County Courts in East Anglia Year Number 1980 150 1981 187 1982 216
Year Number 1983 306 1984 304 1985* †240 *vv To September. † Provisional.
The bankruptcy figures cover all individuals and partnerships: in England and Wales as a whole approximately three quarters of all bankruptcies relate to unincorporated businesses. Receiving orders and administration orders are included: the total is the net number of cases administered after consolidations and rescissions. The number of bankruptcies since 1 October 1984 may have been reduced compared with earlier periods because of increases in monetary limits on bankruptcy proceedings and deposits on petitions.
Figures for company liquidations are not analysed by area.