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Repossessions

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 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) Southend West constituency and (b) each borough in Essex in each year since 1997. (81453)

The following table shows the number of mortgage possession orders made at each of the Essex county courts (Basildon, Braintree, Chelmsford, Colchester, Grays Thurrock, Harlow and Southend-on-Sea) 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 or constituency boundaries, and therefore for instance repossessions at Southend-on-Sea county court may relate to properties in other constituencies besides Southend West.

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 made2 at Essex county courts, 1997 to 2005

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Basildon

229

102

106

150

158

155

179

236

413

Braintree3

69

Chelmsford

106

106

66

106

55

65

61

105

161

Colchester

195

220

153

131

135

123

142

178

254

Grays Thurrock4

122

266

265

Harlow

71

92

82

67

55

45

52

97

124

Southend-on-Sea

221

253

224

187

123

139

142

172

290

Essex

1,013

1,039

896

641

526

527

576

788

1,242

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.

3 Braintree county court closed as of 1 December 1997.

4 Grays Thurrock county court closed as of 31 January 2000.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many court orders have been issued for the repossession of homes in (a) Stroud constituency and (b) Gloucestershire in each year since 1997. (82037)

Although figures for Stroud constituency are not available (this court closed in 1994), the following table shows the number of mortgage possession orders made at Cheltenham and Gloucester court 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 or constituency boundaries, and therefore for instance repossessions at Cheltenham county court may relate to properties in other constituencies besides Cheltenham.

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 made2 in Gloucestershire county courts, 1997 to 2005

Cheltenham

Gloucester

Gloucestershire

1997

52

113

165

1998

59

139

198

1999

60

100

160

2000

31

71

102

2001

34

81

115

2002

23

85

108

2003

17

83

100

2004

35

101

136

2005

51

137

188

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.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many properties were repossessed in each quarter since 2001, broken down by parliamentary constituency. (82131)

The information is not available centrally in the exact format requested. The Department for Constitutional Affairs collects data on the number of mortgage possession orders made at each of the county courts in England and Wales. These figures, however, 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.

Figures showing the number of these county court possession orders made in every quarter since 2001 are given in the relevant table that has been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

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 or constituency boundaries, and therefore for each county court, the figures in the given table may relate to properties in other constituencies besides their own.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many court orders have been issued for the repossession of homes in (a) Yeovil constituency, (b) the Somerset county council area and (c) the south-west since 1997. (82143)

The table shows the number of mortgage possession orders made at Yeovil county court, Somerset county council area and the south-west area 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 or constituency boundaries, and therefore for instance repossessions at Yeovil county court may relate to properties in other constituencies besides Yeovil.

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 made2 in Yeovil county court, Somerset county council and the south-west, 1997-2005

Yeovil

Somerset

South-west

1997

65

122

1,928

1998

109

144

2,077

1999

76

134

2,026

2000

53

106

1,307

2001

40

78

1,063

2002

33

65

1,023

2003

40

73

1,025

2004

50

99

1,407

2005

90

170

2,283

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.