HC Deb 23 February 1978 vol 944 cc768-9W
Mr. Frank Allaun

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment which local authorities are using distraint warrants and certificated bailiffs in rent arrears cases, following the ending of eviction in certain circumstances under the Housing (Homeless Persons) Act.

Mr. Armstrong

This information is not available within the Department. I would be concerned, however, if local authorities were resorting to distraint unless they had already fully investigated the particular tenants' difficulties and tried other ways of recovering the arrears.