§ Mr. Stuart Holland
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many private building contractors were declared bankrupt in Great Britain in 1975, 1980 and 1985 or the nearest available years.
§ Mr. Howard
The information that is available for insolvencies in the construction industry is given in the table:
1975 1989 1984 Bankruptcies—England and Wales 1,543 783 901 Company Liquidations—Great Britain 995 1,030 1,913
There is no industry breakdown of sequestrations in Scotland—the equivalent of bankruptcies in England and Wales. The bankruptcy figures include receiving orders and administration orders; the total is the net number of cases administered after consolidations and rescissions.