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Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission: Curfews

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans there are for administering curfews by the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission. (205922)

Subject to passage of the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill, the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission will not be able to apply to the court for a curfew order until it has made a liability order, and (where appropriate) attempted to recover payment of the monies owed by use of bailiffs, third party debt order or an interim charging order. This will ensure that this type of compliance measure remains very much a last resort.

The length and constraints of the curfew order will be at the discretion of the court within the bounds of current legislation; they must not exceed six months and must be between two and 12 hours a day.

Once it is established it will be for the Commission to consider how curfew orders will be administered.