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Consideration of Bill: 27th June 2007                  

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Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill [Lords], continued

 
 

‘Premises occupied by a single woman or persons under 16

 

13A      

Where a dwelling is known or believed to be occupied by a single woman or a

 

child under 16, no visit with the intention of seizing goods shall be permitted

 

unless the enforcement officer is female or is accompanied by a female

 

enforcement officer.’.

 

Simon Hughes

 

74

 

Page  209,  line  36  [Schedule  12],  leave out paragraph 14.

 


 

Mr Austin Mitchell

 

39

 

Page  210,  line  8  [Schedule  12],  leave out from beginning to end of line 28 on page

 

212 and insert—

 

    ‘(7)  

An enforcement agent may if necessary use reasonable force to enter relevant

 

premises or to do anything for which the entry is authorised if any of these

 

conditions are met—

 

(a)    

the conditions of paragraph 15 (re-entry to inspect or remove

 

controlled goods) are met, or

 

(b)    

in all other cases, if the premises contain no living or domestic

 

accommodation.

 

Re-entry to inspect or remove controlled goods

 

15  (1)  

An enforcement agent may re-enter any premises where there are controlled

 

goods which have not been removed by the enforcement agent.

 

      (2)  

The enforcement agent may if necessary use reasonable force to enter the

 

premises to inspect the goods or to remove them for storage or sale.

 

      (3)  

This paragraph authorises repeated re-entry to the same premises, subject to

 

any restrictions in regulations.

 

General provisions about entry and re-entry

 

16  (1)  

The enforcement agent must on request show the debtor and any person who

 

appears to him to be in charge of the premises evidence of—

 

(a)    

his identity, and

 

(b)    

his authority to enter the premises.

 

      (2)  

The request may be made before the enforcement agent enters the premises or

 

while he is there.

 

      (3)  

The enforcement agent may take other people onto the premises who may

 

assist the enforcement agent in exercising any power, including a power to use

 

force, but who may not remain on the premises without the enforcement agent.

 

      (4)  

The enforcement agent may take any equipment onto the premises and may

 

leave equipment on the premises if he leaves controlled goods there.

 

      (5)  

The enforcement agent may enter and remain on the premises only within

 

prescribed times of day.

 

      (6)  

Regulations may give the court power in prescribed circumstances to authorise

 

him to enter or remain on the premises at other times.


 
 

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      (7)  

The enforcement agent must leave the premises as effectively secured as he

 

finds them. General provisions about the use of force to enter and re-enter

 

apply.

 

17  (1)  

This paragraph applies where an enforcement agent has power to use

 

reasonable force if necessary to enter premises.

 

      (2)  

The power to enter and any power to use force are subject to any restrictions

 

imposed by or under regulations.

 

      (3)  

A power to use force does not include power to use force against persons.

 

Notices and lists of goods

 

18  (1)  

After entering or re-entering premises the enforcement agent must provide a

 

notice for the debtor giving information about what the enforcement agent is

 

doing. Regulations must state—

 

(a)    

the form of the notice; and

 

(b)    

what information it must give.

 

      (2)  

Regulations may prescribe circumstances in which a notice need not be

 

provided after re-entry to premises.

 

      (3)  

If the debtor is on the premises when the enforcement agent is there, the

 

enforcement agent must give him the notice then.

 

      (4)  

If the debtor is not there, the enforcement agent must leave the notice in a

 

conspicuous place on the premises.

 

      (5)  

If the enforcement agent knows that there is someone else there or that there

 

are other occupiers, a notice he leaves under sub-paragraph (1) must be in a

 

sealed envelope addressed to the debtor.

 

      (6)  

If the debtor is absent from the premises, the enforcement agent must leave at

 

the premises a list of any goods he takes away.

 

      (7)  

If the enforcement agent knows that there is someone else there or that there

 

are other occupiers, a list he leaves under sub-paragraph (6) must be in a sealed

 

envelope addressed to the debtor.’.

 

Simon Hughes

 

75

 

Page  210,  line  9  [Schedule  12],  leave out sub-paragraph (1) and insert—

 

    ‘(1)  

An enforcement agent may not—

 

(a)    

enter premises to search for and take control of goods, or

 

(b)    

enter premises where goods have been taken control of and not

 

removed,

 

          

        unless sub-paragraph (1A) applies.

 

    (1A)  

This sub-paragraph applies if the enforcement agent has—

 

(a)    

sought permission from the owner to enter the property;

 

(b)    

specified a reasonable time for entry; and

 

(c)    

applied to the court for, and the court has issued, a warrant authorising

 

him to enter the premises.’.

 

Simon Hughes

 

76

 

Page  210,  line  19  [Schedule  12],  leave out sub-paragraph (3) and insert—

 

    ‘(3)  

The Lord Chancellor must keep a record of all cases in which a warrant is

 

issued under this paragraph.’.


 
 

Consideration of Bill: 27th June 2007                  

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Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill [Lords], continued

 
 

Simon Hughes

 

77

 

Page  210,  line  22  [Schedule  12],  leave out paragraph 16.

 

Mr Oliver Heald

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

17

 

Page  210,  line  28  [Schedule  12],  leave out paragraphs 17 to 22 and insert—

 

‘Application for power to use reasonable force

 

16A(1)  

This paragraph applies if an enforcement agent has the power to enter the

 

premises under paragraph 14 or 16 or under a warrant under paragraph 15.

 

      (2)  

If the creditor applies to the court, it may issue a warrant authorising an

 

enforcement agent to use, if necessary, reasonable force to enter the premises

 

for the purpose of taking control of goods.

 

      (3)  

The court may issue a warrant under sub-paragraph (2) only if it is satisfied that

 

there are exceptional circumstances.

 

      (4)  

In considering whether to issue a warrant under sub-paragraph (2), the court

 

shall have regard to the matters set out in sub-paragraph (5).

 

      (5)  

Those matters are—

 

(a)    

the nature of the debt;

 

(b)    

whether the debtor resides at the premises specified in the application;

 

(c)    

whether the debtor carries on a trade or business at those premises;

 

(d)    

the personal and financial circumstances of the debtor and their

 

family;

 

(e)    

whether the likely costs arising from execution of the enforcement

 

power (including, but not limited to, those costs arising from use of

 

reasonable force) are proportional to the debt;

 

(f)    

whether the creditor has, so far as is reasonable, attemted to enforce

 

payment of the debt by other means.

 

      (6)  

For the purposes of this paragraph, exceptional circumstances are—

 

(a)    

that the debtor has been given reasonable opportunity to repay by

 

affordable instalments but has deliberately or wilfully chosen not to do

 

so;

 

(b)    

that the debtor is not a vulnerable person;

 

(c)    

that there is a reasonable prospect that the sum recovered from the sale

 

of the debtor’s goods would be at least equal to an amount prescribed

 

by order of the Lord Chancellor.

 

      (7)  

Regulations shall prescribe the circumstances in which debtors are to be

 

defined as vulnerable persons for the purposes of this paragraph.

 

      (8)  

The Lord Chancellor shall consult such persons or bodies as he considers

 

appropriate on the content of the regulations made under sub-paragraph (7).

 

      (9)  

The court may not issue a warrant under sub-paragraph (2) until regulations

 

under sub-paragraph (7) have come into force.

 

    (10)  

The court may suspend the operation of a warrant under sub-paragraph (2) on

 

such terms as it sees fit on its own volition or on the application of the debtor

 

at any time before goods taken under control have been sold.’.

 

Simon Hughes

 

78

 

Page  210,  line  28  [Schedule  12],  leave out ‘or 19’.


 
 

Consideration of Bill: 27th June 2007                  

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Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill [Lords], continued

 
 

Simon Hughes

 

79

 

Page  210,  line  32  [Schedule  12],  leave out ‘under paragraph 14 or 16 or’.

 

Simon Hughes

 

80

 

Page  210,  line  40  [Schedule  12],  leave out paragraph 19.

 


 

Simon Hughes

 

81

 

Page  211,  line  13  [Schedule  12],  leave out ‘under paragraph 14 or 16 or’.

 

Simon Hughes

 

82

 

Page  211,  line  29  [Schedule  12],  leave out ‘under paragraph 14 or 16 or’.

 

Mr Oliver Heald

 

Mr Henry Bellingham

 

18

 

Page  211,  line  30  [Schedule  12],  leave out paragraph 24 and insert—

 

‘24(1)  

Nothing in this Act shall permit the entry by force to a dwelling house by a civil

 

enforcement agent where—

 

(a)    

the door is locked or secured against entry;

 

(b)    

a householder has indicated to a civil enforcement officer or

 

enforcement agent that such entry is refused; or

 

(c)    

where a dwelling is occupied or appears to be occupied by a person or

 

persons under 16 or by a person lacking the mental capacity to

 

understand the consequences of entry.

 

      (2)  

Nothing in this Act shall allow a civil enforcement officer pursuing a fine

 

recoverable as a civil debt to—

 

(a)    

search a person without their consent;

 

(b)    

search a person of the opposite sex;

 

(c)    

remove items of clothing or jewellery or other wearing apparel;

 

(d)    

remove a person from a dwelling who has sole care of children

 

resident in that dwelling whether the children are physically present at

 

that time or not.

 

      (3)  

Nothing under this Act permits a civil enforcement officer or agent enforcing

 

any other civil order or judgement of the court to—

 

(a)    

use force against an occupier or person present in the dwelling save in

 

as is permitted at common law or under section 3 of the Criminal Law

 

Act 1967 (c. 58);

 

(b)    

conduct a search of a person in a dwelling;

 

(c)    

remove any item of clothing, jewellery or wearing apparel or other

 

object from a person.’.

 



 
 

Consideration of Bill: 27th June 2007                  

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Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill [Lords], continued

 
 

Mr Austin Mitchell

 

28

 

Page  213,  line  2  [Schedule  12],  at end insert ‘and after notice has been given to the

 

owner of any vehicle in relation to which the power is to be exercised’.

 

Mr Austin Mitchell

 

70

 

Page  213,  line  2  [Schedule  12],  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

There shall be no enforcement action until notice has been served by recorded

 

delivery mail, and in the event of any failure of delivery, by personal visit by the

 

enforcement agent, acknowledged by the signature of the debtor.’.

 

Mr Austin Mitchell

 

29

 

Page  213,  line  7  [Schedule  12],  at end insert ‘, before doing either of those things,’.

 

Mr Austin Mitchell

 

30

 

Page  213,  line  12  [Schedule  12],  leave out sub-paragraphs (3) and (4) and insert—

 

‘(3)    

The enforcement agent must deliver the notice to any relevant premises in a

 

sealed envelope addressed to the debtor.

 

(4)    

Premises are relevant if the enforcement agent reasonably believes that they are

 

the place, or one of the places, where the debtor—

 

(a)    

usually lives, or

 

(b)    

carries on a trade or business.’.

 

Mr Austin Mitchell

 

31

 

Page  213,  line  37  [Schedule  12],  leave out ‘Before the end of the minimum period’

 

and insert ‘If a vehicle is clamped or removed under the provisions of this Schedule’.

 


 

Mr Austin Mitchell

 

32

 

Page  214,  line  1  [Schedule  12],  leave out sub-paragraph (2).

 


 

Mr Austin Mitchell

 

40

 

Page  217,  line  24  [Schedule  12],  leave out sub-paragraph (2).

 


 

Simon Hughes

 

Jenny Willott

 

7

 

Page  221,  line  28  [Schedule  12],  at end insert—


 
 

Consideration of Bill: 27th June 2007                  

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‘(4A)    

Regulations must make provision for legal aid to be available where financially

 

necessary in all such actions.’.

 


 

Vera Baird

 

64

 

Page  233  [Schedule  13],  leave out lines 11 to 15.

 


 

Vera Baird

 

65

 

Page  245,  line  11  [Schedule  13],  at end insert—

 

‘Income Tax Act 2007 (c.3)

 

158      

In section 955(4) of the Income Tax Act 2007 (proceedings before set-off

 

claim is made) after “attachment” insert “or under Schedule 12 to the

 

Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 (taking control of goods)”.’.

 


 

Vera Baird

 

67

 

Title,  line  3,  after ‘appointments’, insert ‘and appointments to the Law Commission’.

 

 

Order of the House [5th March 2007]

 

The following provisions shall apply to the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill

 

[Lords]:

 

Committal

 

1.    

The Bill shall be committed to a Public Bill Committee.

 

Proceedings in Public Bill Committee

 

2.    

Proceedings in the Public Bill Committee shall (so far as not previously

 

concluded) be brought to a conclusion on 27th March 2007.

 

3.    

The Public Bill Committee shall have leave to sit twice on the first day on

 

which it meets.

 

Consideration and Third Reading

 

4.    

Proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be

 

brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the

 

day on which those proceedings are commenced.

 

5.    

Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be

 

brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption on that day.

 

6.    

Standing Order No. 83B (Programming committees) shall not apply to

 

proceedings on consideration and Third Reading.


 
 

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Other proceedings

 

7.    

Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on any

 

message from the Lords) may be programmed.

 


 
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