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Child Support Agency: Stationery

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much the Child Support Agency spent on (a) stationery, (b) business cards and (c) building signs in each year since 1997. (137974)

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, dated 21 June 2007:

In reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about the Child Support Agency, the Secretary of State promised a substantive reply from the Chief Executive.

You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much the Child Support Agency spent on (a) stationery (b) business cards (c) building signs—in each year since 1997. [137974]

The Child Support Agency is an Executive Agency of the Department for Work and Pensions (and prior to 8 June 2001 formed part of the Department of Social Security). The Agency uses the Departments accounting system to record and report expenditure.

In response to your question:

Stationery—the Department’s accounting system combines spend on both printing and stationery. I am therefore unable to provide a breakdown of stationery only. The total costs for printing and stationery are included in the table below.

Business Cards—the Department for Work and Pensions accounting system does not enable us to provide an analysis of spending on these products. As such, the spend on business cards in included in the table.

Building signs—the Department for Work and Pensions accounting system does not enable us to provide an analysis of spending on these products. As such, the information is not available in the requested format.

The printing and stationery costs included in the table all cover posters, leaflets, letters, printing supplies, paper, pens etc. used by the Child Support agency in a given year. The costs for printing and stationery over the last six years as follows:

Financial year

Printing and stationery (£ million)

2001-02

1.5

2002-03

2.2

2003-04

1.8

2004-05

1.8

2005/06

2.1

2006-07

2.2

Total

11.6

The Department retains records for six years in accordance with its statutory obligations, therefore information is not available on the earlier years.

I hope you find this answer helpful.