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Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent assessment he has made of progress against the targets in the Child Support Agency business plan; and if he will make a statement. (107077)

The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the chief executive. He will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Stephen Geraghty:

You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of progress made against the targets in the Child Support Agency business plan; and if he will make a statement.

The Child Support Agency has six targets set by the Secretary of State for 2006/07, which were published in the Agency's Business Plan, a copy of which is available in the House of Commons Library, or on the internet via the following link:

www.csa.gov.uk/pdf/english/reports/plan0607.pdf.

It should be noted that there was an error in the published definition of the debt target, which incorrectly stated that the performance level of 40 per cent should be achieved over the financial year 2006/07 as opposed to the quarter ending March 2007, as was originally intended. The correct definition of this target is, therefore, that: "The Agency will collect arrears equivalent to 40 per cent of the amount accruing due to non-payment of regular maintenance between 1 January 2007 and 31 March 2007."

The Agency's latest performance against these targets was published in tables 2.1, 3, 7.2, 8.1,12, and 17 of the September 2006 Child Support Agency Quarterly Summary Statistics, a copy of which is available in the House of Commons Library, or on the internet via the following link:

www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/asd1/child_support/csa_quarterly _sep06.asp.

The correction to the debt target definition was also made in this publication.

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