§ Mr. Madden
asked the Secretary of State for the Environment how many local authorities are employing private bailiffs in recovering rent arrears; and, in view of complaints about the circumstances in which such bailiffs have been retained by local authorities, if he will introduce legislation to seek to define the powers of such bailiffs.
§ Mr. Freeson
I have no information about the number of local authorities who are employing private bailiffs in recovering rent arrears, nor am I aware of any complaints about their activities. If my1208W hon. Friend will let me have details I will consider what action is needed, although the powers of bailiffs does not appear to be primarily a matter for my Department.