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Child Support: Proof of Identity

Volume 480: debated on Monday 6 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will require mothers who name the wrong father to the Child Support Agency to pay the full costs of DNA paternity testing involved. (223984)

There are no plans to require mothers to pay the full cost of DNA paternity testing where they have named a man later proved not to be the father. The current system is working well with only 1 per cent. of cases needing a DNA test to resolve disputed parentage and in less than 0.2 per cent. of cases a DNA test fails to prove paternity.