The numbers confirm that the government is maintaining a hardline stance on directors who are unfit for the job, in line with promises made to speed up disqaulification with the introduction of the Insolency Bill.
The Bill, which will also introduce a moratorium for small company voluntary arrangements, will enable the government to fasttrack procedures by allowing disqualification to proceed without the need to involve the courts.
'The new Bill is a dramatic step forward as it will result in a fast track disqualification for those who given an undertaking not to act as a director of a company and allow the courts more time to deal with defended cases,' said competition minister Kim Howells.
The clothing trade was highlighted as the worst offending sector in the latest figures, with 10% of all directors banned from working in this sector.Ten of these cases were heard on the same day before Croydon County Court, each involving unexplained withdrawals of between £100,000 and £600,000 over relatively short trading periods.
One key element in the success is encouraging the public to blow the whistle using the directors hotline, which has received 1,700 calls over the last two years.
But practitioners have criticised the government's crackdown in the past as a contradiction given that trade secretary Stephen Byers' has also pledged to remove the stigma from bankruptcy.
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