HC Deb 01 July 1943 vol 390 cc1810-1W
Mr. W. Brown

asked the Attorney-General for what reasons, following on a request from the appropriate staff association for reference to arbitration of a claim that county court bailiffs should be given the standard cash allowances prescribed by the Treasury for the use of private motor cars on official business, special Government licences entitling the motor cars of such officers to be used are being withdrawn although the circumstances now prevailing are the same as when it was decided that these motor cars were essential for official business; and will he reconsider the matter?

The Attorney-General

I am informed that no request for arbitration in this matter has been received from the appropriate staff association. Certificates were issued to certain county court bailiffs not because it was decided that private motor cars used by bailiffs are essential for official business but with a view to protecting the cars and controlling the issue of petrol pending the collection of information from the courts concerning the extent to which the cars were used and for what reasons. The continuance of the certificates is being considered in each case in the light of the information received from the courts, the changing circumstances due to the declining volume of process to be served by the bailiff and the general instructions, issued by the Treasury, that the need for certificates must be kept constantly under review.