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Local Authorities: Debt Collection

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield of 19 November 2008, Official Report, columns 509-10W, on local authorities: debt collection, whether the powers for local authorities to use certified bailiffs to collect unpaid parking fines existed prior to the introduction of the 2007 regulations. (246948)

The Road Traffic Act 1991 enabled London local authorities to use certificated bailiffs. These provisions have been replicated for authorities outside London through parking designation Orders made by the Secretary of State on an individual basis.