Debt Collection.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Commerce. – in the House of Commons on 4th March 1936.

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Photo of Mr Gordon Hall Caine Mr Gordon Hall Caine , Dorset Eastern

asked the Attorney-General whether there is any reason why his Department cannot inquire from the registrars of the county courts as to the existence and employment of menacing letters by debt collectors, who have no right to use the forms of law; and what would be the cost of issuing such a circular letter and compiling from it the opinions sent in reply?

Photo of Mr Thomas Inskip Mr Thomas Inskip , Fareham

I have no authority to direct such an investigation, and the Law Officers' Department is not equipped to make it. I am unable to say what the cost, would be.

Photo of Mr Gordon Hall Caine Mr Gordon Hall Caine , Dorset Eastern

asked the Attorney-General whether any action to prohibit dunning letters which have the appearance of having been issued under the authority of the county court has been, or will be, taken under the criminal law, which has been recently strengthened for the purpose; and whether he will give the details?

Photo of Mr Thomas Inskip Mr Thomas Inskip , Fareham

The County Courts (Amendment) Act, 1934, already prohibits such letters. Proceedings will be taken in any case in which there is sufficient evidence that an offence has been committed.