§ Mr. McAllion
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what were the number of house repossessions for mortgage default in Scotland in each of the past five years.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
We do not currently hold this information centrally. Figures supplied by the Council of Mortgage Lenders suggest that, in 1993, 2,330 properties were taken into possession in Scotland. This represents 0.29 per cent. of the total number of properties with mortgages outstanding, which is around half the proportion for the United Kingdom as a whole.