HC Deb 22 February 1989 vol 147 cc625-6W
Mr. Michael Brown

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what regulations govern the time limits within which liquidations of companies and businesses must be completed.

Mr. Atkins

There are no statutory time limits within which a liquidation must be completed but the insolvency rules 1986 provide that when the liquidator in an insolvent liquidation has realised such of the company's assets as he can without needlessly protracting the liquidation he shall declare a dividend, if funds are available for that purpose. number of pupils in the relevant year group in each authority, for the latest available year in which these examinations were sat.

Mr. Wyn Roberts

[holding answer 13 February 1989]: The information is not available in the form requested. It is impossible to identify a relevant year group for each type of examination. Pupils take CSE and o-level examinations in years 4 to 5 and all years of the 6th form. In 1986–87 the number of pupils attempting such exams exceeded the number of pupils aged 15 at the start of the academic year (5th formers). Similarly pupils take A-levels in the first, second and third years of the 6th form. The following table is based on a survey of 1987 school leavers. It shows the number of pupils attempting and achieving success in examinations as a percentage of all those who left school. The results will be subject to some sampling errors.