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Child Support Agency

Volume 450: debated on Thursday 26 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will list the (a) reviews and (b) consultations relating to the Child Support Agency undertaken since 1997; and the total cost of each to his Department. (90198)

The information is not available in the format requested as the current accounting system of the Department for Work and Pensions does not enable us to associate costs to individual or discrete activities. Such information as is available is as follows:

The following reviews have taken place since 1997:

Review by Stephen Geraghty, Chief Executive of the Child Support Agency between April and December 2005.

Sir David Henshaw redesign took place between February and July 2006. Estimated costs for this review were published on page 66 of the report “Recovering child support: routes to responsibility”. (Cm 6894)

The following consultation exercises have taken place since 1997:

The Child Support Green Paper, CHILDREN FIRST: a new approach to child support (Cm 3992) was published in July 1998.

The Child Support White Paper—A New Contract for Welfare: Children’s Rights and Parents’ Responsibilities (Cm 4349), published on 1 July 1999.

A fresh start: child support redesign—the Government response to Sir David Henshaw (Cm 6895), published on 24 July 2006.