§ Mr. Hinchliffe
To ask the Attorney-General what assessment he has made of the implications of attachment of earnings orders for the security of an individual's employment.
§ The Attorney-General
No such assessment has been made. Employers have had a statutory obligation to comply with attachment of earnings orders since the commencement of the Attachment of Earnings Act 1971. If an individual is concerned about the effect of an attachment of earnings order on his relations with his employer, he may ask the court for a suspended order under which he makes payments directly to the creditor. Under this arrangement, a copy of the order is not sent to the employer.