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Diligence

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 9:31 am on 8th June 2000.

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Photo of Jim Wallace Jim Wallace Liberal Democrat 9:31 am, 8th June 2000

I am grateful to Mr Robson. Money Advice Scotland and Citizens Advice Scotland have been invited to be part of the working group, so they will not simply be consulted but will have direct input into the search for an alternative to poindings and warrant sales. Questions of funding of citizens advice bureaux go beyond the remit of the statement and the review, but the point is noted.

I accept that the Department of Social Security has an important role to play. There are issues of reserved powers, but I have indicated that the consultation will be wide ranging, particularly with regard to the fundamental review of the law of diligence. It is important that the DSS is involved in that consultation, because it has a significant role to play in these matters.