The letters, sent between 2005 and June of this year, purported to be from Smith Lawson and Company Recovery Services, acting on behalf of their government "client". In fact, the firm was merely a subsidiary of
Speaking in parliament,
"Will you confirm that all students who have been similarly affected in this way will also receive redress?" the Labour asked the government.
But the peer insisted there was a "difference" between the tactic adopted by the government agency and by Wonga.
"First of all there were no charges made for these particular letters that were issued and secondly the actual name of Smith Lawson was set up as a trading name and was in accordance with procedures registered with the intellectual property office," he said.
"But the secretary of state and the minister responsible are looking at this situation and any further action that needs to be taken I will let the House know."
In a statement, the
"The Smith Lawson collection process has been used since 2005 to support collection activities and was mainly used after the initial in-house collections process had been exhausted for customers who had persistently defaulted on their loan repayments and were in arrears for a minimum of three months," it said.
"The issuing of any revised Smith Lawson correspondence has still to be agreed."
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