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Debt Collection: Powers of Entry

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many times bailiffs hired by HM Revenue and Customs used their powers of forced entry in the last year for which figures are available; (258645)

(2) in how many cases HM Revenue and Customs has commissioned bailiffs to recover tax arrears in the last year for which figures are available; and what HM Revenue and Customs' gross expenditure on bailiffs was in that period.

HMRC does not currently commission bailiffs to recover tax arrears and has no plans to do so.

HMRC has a statutory power of distraint which is exercised directly by HMRC Officers.