HC Deb 09 May 2002 vol 385 cc315-6W
Mr. Kirkwood

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many summonses using Civil Procedure Rules in possession cases have been issued to local authority housing benefit departments in each year since 1997. [53045]

Mr. Wills

Figures showing the number of mortgage and rent possession actions entered in the county courts of England and Wales involving local authorities are provided in the table. However it should be noted that social landlord rent possession action statistics are collected only as combined figures involving local authorities and housing associations and no figures are held centrally exclusively for local authorities.

Local authority mortgage and social landlord1 rent possession actions entered
Year Number
1997 109,932
1998 141,224
1999 147,485
2000 151,709
2001 151,841
1Figures include both local authorities and housing associations

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