Tuesday, January 16, 2007


We are moving towards resolution of Bailiff regulation, I think. I hosted a very constructive meeting of the industry and their critics in the Lords today - full agreement on the main issue of the need to regulate bailiffs, and on some lesser ones such as the right of bailffs to force entry (with a warrant, or to get at controlled goods), methods of taking control of goods (leave to regulations as it's too complicated for the face of the bill), and of bailiffs right to physically restrain debtors (not needed).

Now all we have to do is convince the government, and though they are being tiresomely cagey they are at least talking.