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Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what recent meetings he has had with HBOS on the continued trading of Farepak between August and October. (99215)

[holding answer 6 November 2006]: I made contact with the Chairman of HBOS and will have further discussions with him after the debate in Westminster Hall on 7 November titled ‘Farepak and the voucher/hamper industry’, raised by my hon. Friend the Member for South Swindon.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps are being taken to investigate whether money continued to be collected by agents of Farepak Christmas hampers after the company had collapsed. (100398)

In a statement issued by the administrators on 27 October 2006, the administrators said:

“Cheques sent to Farepak and received by the joint administrators after the company went into administration were never banked and some customers will already have received their returned cheques. This process will continue for some time. Due to the volume of correspondence being processed, there is no set time limit on when these cheques will arrive.”