– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 27th March 2003.

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Photo of Andrew Wilson Andrew Wilson Scottish National Party

Question S1W-34846

To ask the Scottish Executive what issues have been identified with any of the systems proposed for the payment of pensions; whether any issues have a judicial aspect that may require the involvement of the Scottish Law Officers, and what action it has undertaken, or will undertake, to address each such issue.

Photo of Margaret Curran Margaret Curran Labour

The Scottish Executive recognises that there could be practical difficulties in identifying pensions and social security benefits when paid direct into a bank account if enforcement by arresting monies in bank accounts is attempted.

In line with its commitment to continuing the existing principle of protecting subsistence levels of income from arrestment, the Scottish Executive included this concern in its consultation document Enforcement of Civil Obligations in Scotland in April 2002. An independent analysis of the responses was published in November 2002. Both these documents are available on the Scottish Executive website at: and

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