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382“Bankruptcy debt”, etc. E+W

(1)Bankruptcy debt”, in relation to a bankrupt, means (subject to the next subsection) any of the following—

(a)any debt or liability to which he is subject at the commencement of the bankruptcy,

(b)any debt or liability to which he may become subject after the commencement of the bankruptcy (including after his discharge from bankruptcy) by reason of any obligation incurred before the commencement of the bankruptcy,

[F1(c)any amount specified in pursuance of section 39(3)(c) of the M1Powers of Criminal Courts Act 1973 in any criminal bankruptcy order made against him before the commencement of the bankruptcy, and]

(d)any interest provable as mentioned in section 322(2) in Chapter IV of Part IX.

(2)In determining for the purposes of any provision in this Group of Parts whether any liability in tort is a bankruptcy debt, the bankrupt is deemed to become subject to that liability by reason of an obligation incurred at the time when the cause of action accrued.

(3)For the purposes of references in this Group of Parts to a debt or liability, it is immaterial whether the debt or liability is present or future, whether it is certain or contingent or whether its amount is fixed or liquidated, or is capable of being ascertained by fixed rules or as a matter of opinion; and references in this Group of Parts to owing a debt are to be read accordingly.

(4)In this Group of Parts, except in so far as the context otherwise requires, “liability” means (subject to subsection (3) above) a liability to pay money or money’s worth, including any liability under an enactment, any liability for breach of trust, any liability in contract, tort or bailment and any liability arising out of an obligation to make restitution.

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C1S. 382 applied with modifications by S.I. 1986/1999, art. 3, Sch. 1 Pt. II

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