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Businesses

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many small to medium businesses have gone into receivership in the Province in the last three years, broken down by Westminster constituency; and if he will make a statement. (77338)

The following table shows the number of administrative receiverships in small to medium Northern Ireland businesses in the last three years.

Administrative receiverships

Year ending 31 March

Number

2004

8

2005

4

2006

1

The information is not held by Northern Ireland constituency and is therefore not readily available in the format requested.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) personal bankruptcies and (b) company failures have taken place in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. (77359)

The following table shows the number of personal bankruptcies and company failures for the last financial year.

Year ending 31 March 2006

Number

Bankruptcies (“personal”)

892

Compulsory Liquidations

89

Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidations

53