§ Mr. Cryer
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will state(a) the number of garnishee orders and (b) the number of bankruptcy proceedings instituted in (i) 1984, (ii) 1985, (iii) 1986 and (iv) 1987 by the Inland Revenue; how many proceedings for bankruptcy were instituted where the bankruptcy notice was below £900; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Norman Lamont
The number of bankruptcy notices (or, from 1987 onwards, statutory demands under the Insolvency Act 1986) issued by the Inland Revenue were:
Number 1984 1,879 1985 1,832 1986 2,069 1987 2,956
The number of garnishee orders and the number of bankruptcy notices below £900 cannot be ascertained without disproportionate cost.