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Child Support

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the total cumulative amount is of unpaid child support owed to parents with care. [107560]

The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the Chief Executive, Mr. Doug Smith. He will write to the hon. Member.

Letter from Doug Smith to Mr. Selous, dated 6 May 2003:

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in replying to your recent parliamentary question about the Child Support Agency promised a substantive reply from the Chief Executive.

You ask what the total cumulative amount is of unpaid child support owed to parents with care.

The Agency accounts to 31 March 2002 show a total cumulative debt of £1.447 billion arising on full maintenance assessments which the Agency has made (Page 74 para 6.1 of the Child Support Agency Annual Report and Accounts 2001/02). I am unable to indicate what part of this may be due to the parent with care and what part to the Secretary of State.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place a copy of the Child Support Agency's Enforcement Guide in the Library. [104241]

The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the Chief Executive, Mr. Doug Smith. He: will write to my hon. Friend.

Letter from Doug Smith to Liz Blackman, dated 6 May 2003:

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in replying to your recent parliamentary question about the Child Support Agency promised a substantive reply from the Chief Executive.

You ask if we will place a copy of the Child Support Agency's Enforcement Guide in the Library.

I am happy to confirm that a copy of the Agency's Enforcement Guide, which is currently being produced and is expected to be published late summer, will be placed in the Library.