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Bankruptcy

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many bankruptcies there have been in (a) England and Wales, (b) Sussex and (c) Lewes constituency in each of the last five years. (304275)

The available information for bankruptcies in England and Wales, Sussex and Lewes constituency between 2004 and 2008 can be seen in the following table. Information for 2009 is not currently available, as regional insolvency statistics are only compiled on an annual basis.

Bankruptcies

England and Wales

Sussex1

Lewes constituency1

2004

35,898

1,091

64

2005

47,291

1,443

84

2006

62,956

1,702

119

2007

64,480

1,952

111

2008

67,428

1,684

84

1 Where the bankrupt has provided a valid postcode (increasing from 94.5 per cent. of cases in 2004 to 96.9 per cent. in 2008).

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many bankruptcies of individuals in each age group there have been in (a) Ashford and (b) Kent in (i) 2008 and (ii) 2009. (304861)

The available information for bankruptcies in Ashford and Kent, in 2008 by age group, can be seen in Table 1. Information for 2009 is not currently available, as regional insolvency statistics are only compiled on an annual basis.

Table 1: Bankruptcies in 2008

Region2

Age group1

Ashford

Kent

Under 25

4

80

25 to 34

23

396

35 to 44

34

468

45 to 54

22

365

55 to 64

19

187

65+

4

76

Unknown

9

108

1 Where the bankrupt has provided a valid date of birth (93.4 per cent. in 2008).

2 Where the bankrupt has provided a valid postcode (96.9 per cent. in 2008).