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Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to page 12 of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC) Business Plan, 2009-10, by what means the CMEC plans to collect robust and assured data on private arrangements; and if she will make a statement. (300983)

The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission is responsible for the child maintenance and system. I have asked the Child Maintenance Commissioner to write to the hon. Member with the information requested and I have seen the response.

Letter from Stephen Geraghty:

In reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission, the Secretary of State promised a substantive reply from the Child Maintenance Commissioner.

You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to page 12 of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC) Business Plan 2009 if she will set out how CMEC plans to collect robust and assured data on private arrangements; and if she will make a statement. [300983]

The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission is in the process of commissioning work to build an annual survey which will provide an estimate of the number of separated families and the proportion with effective arrangements in place whether statutory or private . The survey findings are expected in 2010.

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