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Child Support

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 20 March 2008, Official Report, column 1393W, on child support, how much and what proportion of debt was collected in each year. (197350)

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

Letter from Stephen Geraghty, dated 31 March 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, pursuant to the Answer of 20th March 2008, Official Report, column 1393W, on child support, how much and what proportion of debt was collected in each year. [197350]

The information that you have requested is not available. The Agency’s current assessment of collectable and uncollectable debt is based on an annual debt analysis exercise. This exercise examines a sample of cases to determine collectability based on the Agency’s past experience. It is an estimate and therefore subject to change as the Agency improves its debt collection and enforcement activities.

The Agency does not routinely categorise every individual case in this way and is therefore unable to supply the information that you have requested.

I hope you find this answer helpful.