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Mortgages: Repossesion Orders

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many mortgage possession orders were made in each county court in England in each year since 1997. (203142)

Copies of a table, showing the number of mortgage possession orders (including suspended orders) made in all county courts of England since 1997, have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

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

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 administrative or constituency boundaries, and therefore a single court's repossession actions could relate to properties in a number of different constituencies or local authority areas.