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Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 11 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether private enforcement of maintenance debt will be permitted under the new Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission; and if he will make a statement; (146142)

(2) what plans he has to allow parents with care to take legal action to enforce child maintenance where (a) maintenance and (b) arrears has not been secured within a set time scale; and if he will make a statement.

We have given serious consideration to whether or not parents with care should be able to privately enforce maintenance debt under the new Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission. However we do not believe it is appropriate and I refer you to the Government’s response to the Work and Pensions Select Committee report (CM7062 para 28).