§ 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. 
§ 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