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Credit Reference Agencies

Volume 22: debated on Monday 26 April 1982

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asked the Attorney-General whether the Lord Chancellor has received suggestions from the Office of Fair Trading arising from the Director General's consideration of the case of Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Shepherd of 16 Briar Crescent, Manchester 22, who were unable to purchase a television set because of an unfounded accusation of "credit unworthiness" based on inaccurate information supplied to the retailer by a credit reference agency; what reply he is making; what action he will be taking; and if he will make a statement.

A letter from one of the Director General's officials was sent to the Lord Chancellor's Department on 19 April. It suggests that the Lord Chancellor might consider steps to inform the public that when they receive summonses incorrectly addressed to them they should return them to the court at once.The Lord Chancellor's Department has replied that every envelope containing a summons already carries an instruction that if it is not delivered it should be returned to the address given on the envelope. This is sufficient in almost every case and no further action in this respect is contemplated.The Lord Chancellor will not be making a statement.