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Bankruptcy: Stroud

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many people have been declared bankrupt in Stroud constituency in each year since 1997. (250787)

The following table shows the number of bankruptcies in Stroud constituency in each year between 2000 and 2007, derived from postcodes provided by bankrupt individuals1, 2. Earlier figures are not available on this basis; figures for 2008 are not yet available

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 following 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.

Table 1

Stroud constituency

2000

40

2001

44

2002

65

2003

80

2004

97

2005

115

2006

136

2007

112