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Residence Orders

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications for residence orders were made during (a) 2006 and (b) 2007. (257512)

The number of applications for residence orders made during 2006 and 2007 are given in the following table. There have been data quality issues with figures for Family Proceedings Courts (FPCs), and a new method of data collection was introduced in April 2007 which has improved the quality and level of recording on previous years. Comparisons between 2006 and 2007 should therefore be made with caution in this jurisdiction.

Number of Section 8 residence applications made, by whether private or public law and tier of court, 2006 and 2007: England and Wales

Family Proceedings Courts1

County Courts2

High Courts

Total

2006

Public Law

330

288

37

655

Private Law

4,300

28,802

313

33,415

2007

Public Law

250

291

88

629

Private Law

5,100

29,514

210

34,824

1 There have been data quality issues with figures for FPCs, and a new method of data collection was introduced in April 2007 which has improved the quality and level of recording on previous years. Pre April 2007, there are weighted estimates based on data from a subset of courts. To reflect data uncertainty FPC figures have been rounded.

2 Research undertaken on behalf of Ministry of Justice has identified that some cases that have transferred from the Family Proceedings Court to the County Court have been incorrectly recorded as new applications in the County Court, thus inflating the reported number of new applications through double counting (see Masson et al 2008)

Notes:

Figures relate to the number of children subject to each application.

Source:

HMCS FamilyMan system and manual returns