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Volume 450: debated on Thursday 12 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many court orders have been issued for the repossession of homes in each year since 1997, broken down by local authority area. (89517)

I have been asked to reply.

The information requested has been placed in the Libraries of the House.

The civil procedure rules state that all claims for the repossession of land must be commenced in the district in which the land is situated. However, county courts’ jurisdictions are not coterminous with borough boundaries, and therefore any single court’s repossession actions are likely to relate to homes in a number of different boroughs.

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.