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Child Maintenance: Arrears

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the (a) amount and (b) proportion of child maintenance arrears that are uncollectable; and if he will make a statement. (173590)

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 10 January 2008:

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, what estimate he has made of the amount and proportion of child maintenance arrears that is uncollectable; and if he will make a statement. [173590]

The latest estimate of the amount and proportion of child maintenance arrears that is uncollectable is set out in notes 5 and 6 to the Client Funds Accounts as published in the Agency’s Annual Report and Accounts 2006-07. This was laid before Parliament on 3 December 2007 and copies were placed in the House of Commons Library. A copy can also be found on the internet via the following link: http://csa.gov.uk/en/PDF/reports/arep0607.pdf

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