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Child Benefit

Volume 475: debated on Friday 16 May 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the longest period of time between the receipt of an application for child benefit and the determination of that application has been in 2008 to date; and if he will make a statement. (206099)

The information requested is available only at a disproportionate cost.

However, in the year 2007-08 almost 65 per cent. of claims were decided within five working days and 94 per cent. were decided within 36 working days.