The Insolvency Service

Inquiry status: inquiry concluded

The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee announced an inquiry into the Insolvency Service on 30 November 2011, which looked at:

  • The role and functions of the Insolvency Service, including:
  • Pre-pack administrations (issues of transparency, their link to ‘phoenix’ companies);
  • Possible regulation and sanction of licensed insolvency practitioners;
  • Creation of an Insolvency Ombudsman?
  • Strengthening of the control of IP’s remuneration?; and
  • The effects of the reductions in the Service’s staff and budget.

The Insolvency Service: further information, including oral and written evidence



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