HC Deb 28 February 1969 vol 778 cc367-8W
Mr. Ridley

asked the Attorney-General what was the number of evictions with a court order in each of the years since the Protection from Eviction Act, 1965; and what was the number of evictions for each of the two years previous to the coming into force of the Act.

The Attorney-General

Prior to the Protection from Eviction Act, 1964, many evictions took place without a court order. The total number is not known. In 1963 and 1964 the number of court warrants for possession were 3,804 and 3,769 respectively. Following the passing of the 1964 Act, which made it unlawful to evict a tenant without an order of the court, the number of County Court Orders were 4,204 in 1965, 5,445 in 1966, and 5,390 in 1967. The figures for 1968 are not yet available. Evictions can also take place under orders issued by the High Court and, in certain cases, the magistrates' courts, but no figures are available in relation to them.