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Departmental Staff

Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 28 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the (a) operation and (b) staffing of the Appeals Service from March 2007. (78489)

My hon. Friend’s question to ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the (a) operation and (b) staffing of the Appeals Service from March 2007 onwards has been referred to the Department for Constitutional Affairs for reply. With effect from 3 April 2006, the Appeals Service, now known as Social Security and Child Support Appeal Tribunal (SSCSA), transferred from the Department for Work and Pensions and became part of the Tribunals Service, an Agency of the Department for Constitutional Affairs.

The SSCSA continues to meet all of its targets and delivers an efficient service in line with the Tribunals Service 2005-06 Business Plan.

Resource for the SSCSA transferred from DWP to DCA. The staffing of SSCSA will be maintained in line with its workload and the resources available to the Department overall.