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Repossession Orders: Mortgages

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) mortgage repossession claims and (b) mortgage repossession orders were made in (i) 1996-97 and (ii) the most recent year for which figures are available. (158272)

The following table shows the number of mortgage repossession claims issued and mortgage repossession orders made in (i) 1996-97 and (ii) 2006-07.

Number of mortgage repossession claims issued and orders made in the county courts of England and Wales, 1996-97 and 2006-071

Claims issued

Orders made2 (inc. suspended orders)







1 Figures for 2007 Q2 are available online at

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.

These figures do not indicate how many houses have been repossessed through the courts, since not all orders result in the properties actually being repossessed.