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Insolvency Service

Volume 412: debated on Friday 11 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many disqualified directors have been prosecuted following cases being lodged with the Insolvency Service disqualified directors hotline in each year since 1998; and how many of these prosecutions proved successful. [107828]

Figures are not available showing how many disqualified directors have been prosecuted following complaints to the disqualified directors hotline but the number of disqualified directors who have been convicted following such complaints in each year since 1998 is:

Number
2 January 1998 to 31 March 19980
Year ended 31 March
19992
20002
20013
200211
200311
Total29

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many calls have been made to the Insolvency Service Directors hotline in each year since its inception. [107829]

The following number of calls have been received on the Hotline since its inception in January 1998:

Number of culls
2 January to 31 March 1998461
Year ended 31 March 1999921
Year ended 31 March 2000603
Year ended 31 March 2001449
Number of calls
Year ended 31 March 2002600
Year ended 31 March 2003567
Total3,601

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total cost of running the Insolvency Service's disqualified directors hotline has been in each year from 1998. [107830]

The costs of running the hotline in each year from 1998 have been calculated as follows:

£
1998–9930,707
1999–200031,986
2000–0133,774
2001–0235,139
2002–0338,061

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on how many occasions directors of insolvent companies have been disqualified under section 6 of the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986 in each year since 1986. [107831]

The number of directors of insolvent companies who have been disqualified under section 6 of the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986, from 1986 to date, are as listed as follows:

Financial yearTotal section 6 orders
1986–8769
1987–99286
1988–89159
1989–90270
1990–91251
1991–92325
1992–93446
1993–94399
1994–95392
1995–96727
1996–971,040
1997–981,267
1998–991,284
1999–20001,540
2000–011,548
2001–021,761