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Bankruptcy

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many individuals have been declared bankrupt in (a) East Dunbartonshire constituency and (b) in each Government office region in each of the last five years; and what forecast he has made of the number of personal bankruptcies in each of the next five years. (204582)

Personal insolvencies in Scotland are the responsibility of the office of the Accountant in Bankruptcy (AIB).

Statistics for bankruptcies in the Government Office Regions of England, and for Wales, for the most recent three years are provided in the following table.

Numbers of bankruptcies in E and W by GOR. 2005-07

2005

2006

2007

East Midlands

3,447

4,594

5,189

Eastern

5,351

7,024

7,147

London

5,334

6,785

6,632

North East

2,156

3,016

3,433

North West

4,664

6,844

7,453

South East

7,350

9,632

9,663

South West

6,357

8,064

7,750

West Midlands

4,156

5,769

5,954

Yorkshire and the Humber

4,268

5,812

5,954

Wales

1,910

2,800

2,968

Total of GORs plus Wales

44,993

60,340

62,143

Published E and W totals

47,291

62,956

64,480

1. Totals for GORs plus Wales are not the same as official published totals for E and W due to missing and/or inaccurate postcode data and the regional figures being based on extracts from the database at a different point in time.

2. There are no official forecasts of personal bankruptcy numbers. The Insolvency Service does use a planning assumption for the number of bankruptcies in England and Wales as a whole, and this number is in the service's corporate plan 2008-11, available at www.insolvencygov.uk.