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Volume 707: debated on Thursday 12 February 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the answers by Lord Bach on 21 January (Official Report, House of Lords, cols. 1670–72), whether the draft bailiff regulations will include provision specifically protecting vulnerable and impoverished debtors and, if not, whether they will as a priority include such provisions. [HL1030]

Powers contained within Schedule 12 to the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 allow regulations to make further provisions about taking control of goods which could encompass vulnerability and impoverishment.

However, vulnerability and impoverishment are difficult to define and occur across a wide spectrum. The regulations will seek to ensure that nobody suffers disproportionate enforcement and this will include the vulnerable and impoverished.

Furthermore, it is intended that a major consultation exercise will be undertaken that will include a consultation paper setting out the draft regulations.