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(1)Where in any proceedings a court has power to make an attachment of earnings order, it may—
(a)order the debtor to give to the court, within a specified period, a statement signed by him of—
(i)the name and address of any person by whom earnings are paid to him;
(ii)specified particulars as to his earnings and anticipated earnings, and as to his resources and needs; and
(iii)specified particulars for the purpose of enabling the debtor to be identified by any employer of his;
(b)order any person appearing to the court to have the debtor in his employment to give to the court, within a specified period, a statement signed by him or on his behalf of specified particulars of the debtor’s earnings and anticipated earnings.
(2)Where an attachment of earnings order has been made, the court may at any time thereafter while the order is in force
[F1(a)make such an order as is described in subsection (1)(a) or (b) above; and
(b)order the debtor to attend before it on a day and at a time specified in the order to give the information described in subsection (1)(a) above.]
(3)In the case of an application to a magistrates’ court for an attachment of earnings order, or for the variation or discharge of such an order, the power to make an order under subsection (1) or (2) above shall be exercisable also, before the hearing of the application, by a single justice.
(4)Without prejudice to subsections (1) to (3) above, rules of court may provide that where notice of an application for an attachment of earnings order is served on the debtor, it shall include a requirement that he shall give to the court, within such period and in such manner as may be prescribed, a statement in writing of the matters specified in subsection (1)(a) above and of any other prescribed matters which are, or may be, relevant under section 6 of this Act to the determination of the normal deduction rate and the protected earnings rate to be specified in any order made on the application.
(5)In any proceedings in which a court has power to make an attachment of earnings order, and in any proceedings for the making, variation or discharge of such an order, a document purporting to be a statement given to the court in compliance with an order under subsection (1)(a) or (b) above, or with any such requirement of a notice of application for an attachment of earnings order as is mentioned in subsection (4) above, shall, in the absence of proof to the contrary, be deemed to be a statement so given and shall be evidence of the facts stated therein.
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