§ Mr. Austin Mitchell
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much was paid by the Insolvency Service to accountancy firms in each year since 1988.
§ Mr. Redwood
The Insolvency Service made the following payments in respect of additional work done by insolvency practitioners on disqualification applications made by the Secretary of State. Generally these payments are made to the accountancy firms in which the insolvency practitioners are partners or employees.
1988–89 1989–90 1990–91 £7,814 £25,429 £29,021
A payment of £23,500 was also made during the financial year 1990–91 in respect of consultancy work on computerised estate accounting.