HL Deb 08 July 2003 vol 651 c25WA
Lord Morris of Manchester

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What were the numbers of evictions from social housing in each of the past three years. [HL3605]

The Minister of State, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (Lord Rooker)

At the moment, centrally collected statistics give only the volume of possession orders made and suspended. In the last three year this was:

Possession actions by social landords Actions orders made entered and suspended
Entered Suspended
2000 147,519 96,284
2001 150,563 100,643
2002 151,162 98,583

A possession order, suspended possession order and even a warrant for eviction may not be acted upon so this does not represent the actual number of evictions. Information on the actual number of evictions is not collected centrally, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.