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|Table 2: landlord possession claims issued in the county courts of Hampshire in the year to June 2008, broken down by count and month|
|Aldershot and Farnham||Basingstoke||Portsmouth||Southampton||Winchester|
|Claims issued||Orders made( 1)||Claims issued||Orders made( 1)||Claims issued||Orders made( 1)||Claims issued||Orders made( 1)||Claims issued||Orders made( 1)|
|(1) Includes outright and suspended orders, the later being where the court grants the claimant possession but suspends the operation of the order. Provided the defendant complies with the terms of suspension, which usually requires the defendant to pay the current mortgage instalments plus some of the accrued arrears, the possession order cannot be enforced.|
1. Landlord possession data include all types of landlord whether local authority, housing associations or private.
2. The court, following a judicial hearing, may grant an order for possession immediately. This entitles the claimant to apply for a warrant to have the defendant evicted. However, even where a warrant for possession is issued, the parties can still negotiate a compromise to prevent eviction.
3. Although orders made will be less than claims issued overall, in a given month it is possible for the former figure to exceed the latter as a result of time lags in the process (typically around eight weeks from claim issue to order).
Ministry of Justice
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to respond to the results of the consultation on the sentencing guidelines for shoplifting; what recent representations he has received on the sentencing guidelines for shoplifting; and if he will make a statement. 
The Government responded in June this year to the independent Sentencing Guidelines Councils
consultation guideline on sentencing for the offences of theft and burglary (non-dwelling). I am advised that MOJ has received no representations on the consultation sentencing guideline for the offence of theft from a shop.
Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many proceedings for television licence evasion were brought in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and how many cases resulted in (a) a fine and (b) imprisonment in each year. 
|April to March each year||Number of proceedings brought to court|
Data sourced from TV Licensing authorities.
In calendar year 2007, of 5,901 people prosecuted for non-payment of a television licence, 4,464 received fines. None were imprisoned. The corresponding information for the years prior to 2007 is not available.
Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 7 July, how many of the fines levied in the period between 2002 and 2006 have been paid (a) in part and (b) in whole; and in respect of how many cases enforcement action for non-payment has been taken. 
The information collected by my Department identifies the number of television licence convictions ordered to be paid and the number and amounts of court fines issued for such offences within each region.
The overall payment rate for all financial penalties in the financial year to September 2008 is 87 per cent. The payment rate excluding the value of administrative cancellations for the same period is 75 per cent.
Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 7 July, what the (a) average fine imposed and (b) average period of imprisonment served was in each year between 2002 and 2006. 
|Average fine amount for off ences relating to t elevision l icence evasion( 1) , 2002-06|
|(1) The TV licensing provisions of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 were replaced by new provisions in the Communications Act 2003 which came into effect on 1 April 2004. Notes: 1. These data are on the principle offence basis. 2. These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. 3. When answering previous parliamentary questions on this subject issues with data from certain police force areas were highlighted, however, this will only affect the numbers sentenced; average fine amounts will still be representative. Source: OMS Analytical services.|
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