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Volume 461: debated on Friday 15 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many extensions to the three-year period referred to in section 238A(2) of the Insolvency Act 1986 insolvency agencies have applied for in order to pursue people under section 238A(6) of that Act. (143179)

As the hon. Member is no doubt aware, there is no section 238A in the Insolvency Act 1986, and I assume that the question relates to section 283A of that Act.

In cases where the Official Receiver is trustee in bankruptcy there are two cases where such extensions have been sought. Both are yet to be determined by the court. I am also aware of another case where there is an application for either a charging order or an extension of the three-year period. That case is also yet to be determined.

There may however be cases where a licensed insolvency practitioner is the trustee in bankruptcy and a similar application has been made. The Insolvency Service would not automatically be notified in such cases. HM Courts Service records do not show this information.