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Bankruptcy: Greater London

Volume 477: debated on Friday 13 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many people were declared bankrupt in each London borough in each year since 1997. (210275)

The following table shows the number of bankruptcies in each London borough between 2000 and 2007 derived from postcodes provided by bankrupt individuals; figures for earlier years are not available on this basis.

Bankruptcy orders

London borough

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Barking and Dagenham

49

45

40

82

86

132

224

228

Barnet

66

86

85

94

135

215

250

270

Bexley

62

69

66

89

119

178

182

168

Brent,

55

58

47

68

91

112

197

186

Bromley

60

77

64

80

123

219

312

272

Camden

42

66

50

105

143

202

264

227

City and County of the City of London

7

1

2

5

6

7

10

14

City of Westminster

58

63

82

99

123

169

190

193

Croydon

72

76

85

96

139

207

282

266

Ealing

58

43

55

74

108

154

194

201

Enfield

53

71

66

76

119

120

187

231

Greenwich

58

48

77

90

121

190

250

283

Hackney

29

45

58

76

129

195

265

224

Hammersmith and Fulham

30

36

52

45

98

134

147

155

Haringey

52

39

54

62

113

135

217

232

Harrow

50

56

50

55

64

98

153

150

Havering

62

56

49

89

94

169

181

230

Hillingdon

69

49

47

74

83

163

202

195

Hounslow

41

61

44

62

120

153

202

186

Islington

46

45

67

76

142

199

243

239

Kensington and Chelsea

53

58

60

83

125

149

181

141

Kingston upon Thames

42

23

55

46

79

89

130

109

Lambeth

56

73

95

154

372

403

319

261

Lewisham

59

60

52

70

109

180

238

273

Merton

41

36

43

64

91

107

105

109

Newham

53

38

61

98

112

150

243

230

Redbridge

42

62

51

73

95

143

195

208

Richmond upon Thames

33

45

65

64

81

103

136

150

Southwark

35

54

69

107

182

246

274

241

Sutton

31

41

59

59

98

125

183

138

Tower Hamlets

88

76

102

131

169

214

249

237

Waltham Forest

45

48

31

55

96

134

216

210

Wandsworth

50

57

48

87

93

140

164

175

Notes:

1. Classifying bankrupts into administrative geographies is done using the postcode that the bankrupt individual provides. The use of this in assigning an individual to a borough is thus only as reliable as the postcode information provided.

2. In particular, inaccurate or missing postcodes mean that the numbers in the table will be subject to an element of missing data. Nationally, this proportion has been decreasing from about 12 per cent. in 2000 to less than 4 per cent. in 2007.