HC Deb 22 November 1939 vol 353 cc1262-3W
Miss Wilkinson

asked the Attorney-General whether, in view of the loss of time and money caused by a debtor having to go separately to the courts to get relief under the Courts (Emergency Powers) Act for each separate debt, he will amend the procedure so that debtors whose inability to pay was clearly due to war circumstances could, by making one appearance at court, get relief on a whole series of debts?

The Attorney-General

My Noble Friend feels there are practical difficulties about this suggestion, as it would not be possible to deal with all debts without having machinery for enabling those whose rights were being affected to be present. This would involve a quasi-bankruptcy administration which would be outside the scope and intention of this Act. Where clear inability to pay has been proved in one case, this fact may well become known to other creditors, who will therefore not make applications which could not succeed.