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Gareth Thomas (Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office); Harrow West, Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times her Department has used the services of debt recovery companies since May 2010; which companies were used; and if she will make a statement.

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Norman Baker (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport; Lewes, Liberal Democrat)

DfT(c), GCDA, MCA, VCA and VOSA have not used the services of a debt recovery company since May 2010.

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has used the services of Optima Legal Services twice since May 2010.

Since May 2010 the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has used both Intercredit International Ltd and Philips Collection Services Ltd to collect continuous registration penalties on behalf of the agency. Around 30,000 cases are referred each month.

The Highways Agency has used the services of Effective Credit Collections Ltd since May 2010, on one occasion.

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