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Volume 451: debated on Monday 30 October 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what regulations govern the activities of bailiffs. (97345)

Activities of county court bailiffs employed by Her Majesty's Courts Service are governed by the terms of their contracts of employment. Private bailiffs are currently self-regulated.

My Department published the draft Tribunals Courts and Enforcement Bill on 25 July 2006, which proposes an improved regulatory regime for all private sector bailiffs. The Government's long-term intention is to introduce full-scale regulation of the entire bailiff industry by way of an independent statutory regulatory body.

The Bill will be introduced to Parliament as soon as time allows.