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Bankruptcy

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many people have (a) entered into an individual voluntary arrangement and (b) been declared bankrupt in (i) York, (ii) North Yorkshire, (iii) Yorkshire and the Humber and (iv) England in each relevant year since 1979; (290651)

(2) how many court orders have been issued for the repossession of homes in (a) York, (b) North Yorkshire, (c) Yorkshire and Humberside and (d) England in each year since 1979.

Data on the number of mortgage possession claims in the county courts leading to an order being made for homes in York, North Yorkshire, Yorkshire and Humberside and England for 2000 to 2008 are shown in the following table.

Number of mortgage possession claims leading to an order being made for homes in York, North Yorkshire, Yorkshire and Humberside and England 2000-08

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

York UA

115

115

65

90

95

145

200

185

205

North Yorkshire

345

330

255

250

275

495

525

600

760

Yorkshire and the Humberside

5,395

5,145

3,995

3,735

3,945

6,165

8,240

9,145

11,770

England

41,630

39,670

35,485

36,165

42,055

64,100

81,640

84,610

103,780

Note:

Figures are rounded to the nearest five.

Source:

Ministry of Justice

Corresponding figures for earlier years are not available. The statistics showing mortgage possession claims in the county courts leading to an order being made, broken down by local authority based on the locations of the properties which were the subject of the possession actions, were published for the first time by the Ministry of Justice in August 2009. These can be found on the Ministry’s website at:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/mortgagelandlordpossession.htm.

Statistics broken down by individual court for 1987 onwards can also be found on the Ministry of Justice website.

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.

The Ministry of Justice does not hold data on the number of people who have entered into individual voluntary arrangement or have been declared bankrupt. Figures published by the Ministry of Justice show the number of bankruptcy petitions presented to the courts and therefore are not exact measures of bankruptcies. Court level statistics on bankruptcy petitions from 2007 onwards are available on the Ministry of Justice website at:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/companywindingupandbankruptcy.

These figures are not available broken down by local authority.

The insolvency service publishes statistics on a quarterly basis on individual voluntary arrangement and individual insolvencies. The data can be accessed on their website at:

http://www.insolvency.gov.uk/otherinformation/statistics/insolv.htm