Bridget Prentice MOJ

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Dear Ministry of Justice,

Would you please be kind enough to confirm the following.

1. Did Bridget Prentice (MOJ 2008) State that council sending out summonses the process is called (Passing Off) it is actually Unlawful.

2. The magistrates courts will claim that they allow the councils to send out summonses under licence and that it is legal - however NOT according to Bridget "it is UNLAWFUL and should be stopped" her words.

I kindly request as I cannot find it.

Yours faithfully,

John Paffvett

Data Access & Compliance Unit, Ministry of Justice

Dear Mr Paffvett,

Thank you for your e-mail, I am writing to advise you that your enquiry does not fall under the Freedom of Information regime and will be treated by the department as Official Correspondence.

It may be helpful if I explain that the Freedom of Information Act (2000) gives individuals and organisations the right of access to all types of recorded information held, at the time the request is received, by public authorities such as the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). Section 84 of the Act states that in order for a request for information to be handled as a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, it must be for recorded information. For example, a Freedom of Information request would be for a copy of a policy, rather than an explanation as to why we have that policy in place. On occasion, the Ministry of Justice receives requests that do not ask for recorded information, but ask more general questions about, for example, a policy, opinion or a decision.

Since you are asking for

1. Did Bridget Prentice (MOJ 2008) State that council sending out
summonses the process is called (Passing Off) it is actually
Unlawful.

2. The magistrates courts will claim that they allow the councils
to send out summonses under licence and that it is legal - however
NOT according to Bridget "it is UNLAWFUL and should be stopped" her
words

This will be dealt with as Official Correspondence and you can expect a response from the appropriate area of the department, Official Correspondance, [email address].

If you do have any questions relating specifically to the Freedom of Information or Data Protection Act, please contact the Data Access and Compliance Unit at the following e-mail address: [email address]

Best Wishes

Data Access & Correspondance Unit

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Dear Data Access & Compliance Unit,

Thank you kindly for your response.

Best wishes,

John Paffvett :-)

Alex left an annotation ()

Hi,

This may answer your question:

Bridget Prentice has made a statement concerning council tax enforcement in magistrates’ courts.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Bridget Prentice):

http://www.wired-gov.net/wg/wg-news-1.ns...

regards

Alex

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