§ Mr. Wallace
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many decrees were granted by Sheriff courts for the repossession of owner-occupied homes for each quarter of 1998. 
§ Mr. McLeish
Figures in relation to repossession of owner occupied homes have been collected by the courts since a revised system of collecting Civil Judicial Statistics was instituted on 1 January 1994. The figures for decrees granted by the sheriff courts for each quarter of 1998 are as follows:
- 1st Quarter: 1,158
- 2nd Quarter: 1,155
- 3rd Quarter: 1,373
- 4th Quarter: 1,247.
From 1 July 1999, this will be a matter for the Scottish Parliament.