§ Rev. William McCrea
To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many(a) proceedings have been commenced to repossess homes and (b) homes have been repossessed in Northern Ireland since 1989. 
§ Mr. Jonathan Evans
The number of writs and originating summonses issued in respect of mortgages by the Chancery division of the Northern Ireland High Court for each year since 1989 is as follows:
Number 1989 2,459 1990 2,599 1991 3,061 1992 1,646 1993 1,728 1994 1,371 1995 1,220 Total 14,085
There are no reliable figures available on the number of decrees for possession granted on foot of these.
The Enforcement of Judgments Office, which is responsible for delivering vacant possession in Northern Ireland, has received the following number of notices of 335W intention to enforce decrees for possession for each year over the period.
- 1989: 718
- 1990: 748
- 1991: 832
- 1992: 683
- 1993: 492
- 1994: 468
- 1995: 396
The figures relating to the number of these which resulted in actual repossessions taking place are not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.