HC Deb 12 February 2004 vol 417 c1612W
Malcolm Bruce

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many proceedings in the public interest for the disqualification of company directors(a) were brought and (b) resulted in a disqualification in each year since 1997; and how many disqualifications were of directors of companies with (i) less than and (ii) more than 250 employees. [143041]

Mr. Sutcliffe

Listed as follows are the total number of proceedings brought, in the public interest, for the disqualification of directors and the outcome in disqualification orders or undertakings.

Proceedings brought Number of disqualifications
1997–98 1,419 1,267
1998–99 1,332 1,284
1999–2000 1,497 1,540
2000–01 1.456 1,548
2001–02 1,575 1,761
2002–03 1,775 1,594
The table shows the number of Disqualification Orders and Undertakings (2001–02 onwards) made under Section 6 of the Company Directors Disqualification Act.

On information obtained from redundancy payments; there are no figures for the number of employees for companies of disqualified directors and the answer to the (i) and (ii) could be compiled only at disproportionate cost.