§ Mr. David Howell
asked the President of the Board of Trade what has been the average number of firms going bankrupt per week over the most recent convenient four-week period; and what was the average rate for the same period a year ago.
§ Mrs. Gwyneth Dunwoody
The provisional weekly average numbers of insolvencies occurring in England and Wales during October, 1969, were:—bankruptcies 96 (including 5 partnerships); compulsory liquidations 51; and creditors' voluntary liquidations 40. The weekly averages for October, 1968, were:—bankruptcies 90 (including 6 partnerships); compulsory liquidations 38; and creditors' voluntary liquidations 34.