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Debt: Forced Entry

Volume 690: debated on Tuesday 27 March 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the remarks by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Wales), Nick Ainger, on 5 March (Official Report, col. 1359) stating that “apparently, between July 2005 and February 2006, six forced entries have been carried out”, in each case, what was (a) the origin of the debt; (b) the amount of the original debt; (c) the amount for which the debt was enforced; and (d) the amount recovered as a result of the forced entry. [HL2748]

I refer the noble Lord to the letter placed in the Libraries of both Houses on 26 March 2007 by my honourable friend Vera Baird, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs. From information Her Majesty's Courts Service has received from 27 areas, forced entries were attempted in six areas between July 2005 and February 2006 but no forced entry actually took place. In the majority of cases the threat of forced entry coupled with the attendance of police was sufficient, though in some cases open premises were entered to arrest defaulters.