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Repossession Orders: Wandsworth

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many court orders have been issued for the repossession of homes in Putney, Roehampton and Southfields in each of the last 10 years. (258361)

Figures for Putney, Roehampton and Southfields constituency are not available. However, statistics on mortgage and landlord possession orders for London county courts (1987 to 2008) are available via the Ministry of Justice website at:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/docs/stats-landlord-mortgage-historic-20-02-09.xls

These include figures for Wandsworth county court, which is nearest to Putney, Roehampton and Southfields constituency.

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, geographical boundaries of county courts may not necessarily be consistent with other administrative or constituency boundaries. Repossession orders made at Wandsworth county court may therefore relate to properties in other constituencies besides Putney, Roehampton and Southfields.

These figures do not indicate how many homes have actually been repossessed. Repossessions can occur without a court order being made, while not all court orders result in repossession.