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Repossessions

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 22 June 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many court orders have been issued for the repossession of homes in (a) Bury St. Edmunds constituency and (b) the Suffolk county council area in each year since 1997. (79389)

The following table shows the number of mortgage possession orders made at each of the Suffolk county courts (Bury St. Edmonds, Ipswich and Lowestoft) since 1997.

The civil procedure rules provide that all claims for the repossession of land must be commenced in the district in which the land is situated. However, these county courts cover areas that are not necessarily consistent with other administrative boundaries, and therefore there may be possession actions entered in these courts that relate to homes located outside Suffolk.

These figures do not indicate how many houses have been repossessed through the courts, since not all the orders will have resulted in the issue and execution of warrants of possession.

Number of mortgage1 possession orders made at Bury St. Edmunds county court and other Suffolk county courts, 1997 to 2005

Possession orders made2

Bury St. Edmunds

Ipswich

Lowestoft

Suffolk

1997

56

113

50

219

1998

68

117

58

243

1999

72

136

37

245

2000

37

66

75

178

2001

35

51

58

144

2002

18

60

54

132

2003

48

46

64

158

2004

47

79

82

208

2005

99

123

125

347

1 Local Authority and Private.

2 The court, following a judicial hearing, may grant an order for possession immediately. This entitles the claimant to apply for a warrant to have the defendant evicted. However, even where a warrant for possession is issued, the parties can still negotiate a compromise to prevent eviction.