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Debts: Court Orders

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) third party debt, (b) interim charging and (c) final charging orders were made by courts in each of the last five years. (258046)

The following table shows the numbers of interim and final third party debt orders and charging orders made in the county courts of England and Wales in each of the last five years.

Number of interim and final third party debt orders1 and charging orders2 made in the county courts of England and Wales 2004–083

2004

2005

2006

2007

20083

Interim third party debt orders

6,217

6,551

6,428

6,364

7,349

Final third party debt orders

1,836

1,826

1,828

1,813

2,038

Interim charging orders

45,847

66,451

92,366

130,463

164,185

Final charging orders

33,235

49,218

67,090

97,026

135,663

1 Third party debt orders secure payment by freezing and then seizing money owed or payable by a third party to a debtor.

2 Charging orders obtain security for the payment against a property owned by the debtor.

3 Figures for 2008 are provisional.