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Child Support Agency

Volume 407: debated on Monday 23 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many advance payments have been made by the Child Support Agency in the last year for which figures are available. [118028]

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. Edwards, dated June 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 how many advance payments have been made by the Child Support Agency in the last year for which figures are available.
During the year 2002/03 the Agency made 2,527 advance payments.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the administration costs for each business unit of the Child Support Agency were in the last two years for which figures are available; and how much child support was distributed in each business unit area in the same period. [118316]

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. Peter Duncan, dated 23 June 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 administration costs for each business unit of the Child Support Agency were in the last two years for which figures are available; and how much child support was distributed in each business unit area in the same period.
I am unable to provide you with figures for 2000–01 or earlier years but can provide figures for 2001–02. These are:

Child Support Agency administration costs

£ million

Business Units

Administration costs

Child support distributed

Scotland and north-east28.296.1
Eastern31.489.7
Midlands24.972.4
Wales and north-west25.184.2
South-east21.379.8
South-west23.189.4
Total154.0511.6

I will shortly have figures for 2002–03 and will let you have these when they are available.