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Revenue and Customs: Debt Collection

Volume 493: debated on Monday 8 June 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what rights of entry debt collectors acting on behalf of HM Revenue and Customs have. (277772)

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have no right of forced entry for debt recovery work without a court order. HMRC’s current small scale six month pilot to test the use of private debt collection agencies does not involve face to face contact or visits to home or business premises.