Memorandum by the Department of Social Security
1997 (S.I. 1997/2436)
1. The Committee has asked for a Memorandum on the following
"In relation to regulation 5(2)(b), explain whether
it is intended that the supplier can make his request for further
time to provide the information after the expiry of the 4 weeks'
limit mentioned in paragraph (1).".
2. It was not the Department's intention that the landlords
should seek this variation as to the time limit after the expiry
of the 4 week period. The criminal offence set out at regulation
6 would in fact be complete at the expiry of the period of 4 weeks,
unless the supplier had already made his request and obtained
the written agreement of the requirer to the variation. It is
for this reason that in the specimen letter to suppliers which
the Department has issued as Guidance to local authorities it
is stressed that any such requests should be made at the earliest
3. The Department's intention was that the 8 week period
mentioned in paragraph (2)(b) should operate as an alternative
to the 4 week period mentioned in paragraph (1), not as an extension
of that period.
25th November 1997