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Child Benefit

Volume 487: debated on Monday 2 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the average time taken to process a child benefit claim has been in each year since 1997. (253118)

For the periods 2007-08 and 2008-09 I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Stroud (Mr. Drew) on 22 October 2008, Official Report, column 356W.

In 2006-07, 68.3 per cent. of claims were processed in five working days and 94.9 per cent. in 36 working days.

For 2003-04 to 2005-06 the information requested can be found in the annual reports published on HM Revenue and Customs’ website at

For 1997-98 to 2002-03 child benefit was administered by the Department for Work and Pensions. The information requested for this period will have been published in the Department for Work and Pensions’ departmental annual reports. HM Revenue and Customs no longer holds this information.