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Volume 26: debated on Tuesday 29 June 1982

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asked the Minister for Trade how many firms in (a) West Yorkshire, (b) Greater Manchester and (c) England went into liquidation in 1979, 1980 and 1981; and if he will make a statement.

I regret that figures of company liquidations are not available by area nor for England separately. Following are the numbers of bankruptcies. The figures cover all individuals and partnerships but, for England and Wales as a whole, the self-employed account for between 75 and 80 per cent. of the total.

West Yorkshire96126161
Greater Manchester148179238