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Children: Maintenance

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what progress she has made in helping Jane-Louise Green, a constituent of the hon. Member for Stafford, to secure child support through the courts for her daughter from the estate of the deceased father. (127364)

My Department have pressed the Trinidadian authorities for an update as to the progress of Ms Green’s case. The Reciprocal Enforcement of Maintenance Orders Section (REMO) has discharged all its responsibilities in lodging the application and in pressing the Trinidadian authorities for updates in this matter. On 21 February 2007 officials sent a letter to the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Trinidad lodging a formal complaint concerning the lack of response to the previous correspondence and to the discourtesy shown to Ms Green regarding her case. A request was also made for the outcome of the appeal process. To date no response has been forthcoming from Trinidad but officials will continue to press until the information sought is forthcoming and are now in contact with the High Commission in Trinidad to ascertain what assistance they can provide.