§ Mr. Norman Hogg
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what information he has as to the number of foreclosures on house purchases in each of the housing authorities in the past 12 months.
§ Mr. Ancram
Local authorities submit annual returns to my Department only in respect of houses for which they themselves have provided mortgage finance. In 1982–83, the latest period for which returns are available, reposessions took place as follows:598W
custodial sentences; how many were given suspended sentences; how many were committing crime other than for the first time; how many parents were prosecuted on behalf of their children under the legal age; how heavy were the penalties; and how many parents did not pay the fines.
§ Mr. Ancram
The offence commonly known as "mugging" is classified as robbery in the statistics collected by my Department. The table shows the number of persons against whom the main charge proved was robbery. Suspended sentences are not given by Scottish courts. Information on previous convictions is not centrally available. Parents are not prosecuted on behalf of their children in Scotland.
Local Authority Number of Repossessions etc. Angus District Council 2 Cunninghame District Council 2 Cumbernauld and Kilsyth District Council 2 Dunfermline District Council 1 City of Glasgow District Council 72 Inverclyde District Council 5 Monklands District Council 2 Motherwell District Council 1 Renfrew District Council 25 Orkney Islands Council 6
Other authorities which have submitted returns have not repossessed any houses. A number of returns are still outstanding.