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Council Tax

Volume 202: debated on Thursday 23 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) if he will consider the use only of certificated bailiffs for recovery of council tax arrears;(2) if he will introduce legislation to apply section 15 of the Court and Legal Services Act 1990 to goods which can be seized by private bailiffs when recovering arrears of council tax.

No. The employment of bailiffs is a matter for each local authority to determine. Local authorities will issue their bailiffs with a code of practice. These codes, which control the activities of bailiffs, will include the goods which can be distrained. I consider that this provides sufficient safeguards for both council tax payers and local authorities.