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Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a copy of each guidance document produced by (a) his Department and its predecessor and (b) HM Courts Service on the use of bailiffs’ powers of forced entry under the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004. (258066)

Only one set of guidance has been published by my Department, and its predecessor, on the use of bailiffs’ powers of forced entry under the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004.

A copy of HMCS’s Search and Entry Powers (Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004) Guidance to Civilian Enforcement Officers and Approved Enforcement Agents was placed in the Libraries of the House in January. The guidance contains a number of redactions for reasons of public interest and on health and safety grounds.