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Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission: Surveillance

Volume 508: debated on Monday 29 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 23 February 2010, Official Report, column 456W, on the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission: surveillance, whether (a) the commission and (b) its predecessor has made use of personal (i) Census, (ii) HM Revenue and Customs' tax records and (iii) Experian data. (324398)

The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission is responsible for the child maintenance 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 Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 23 February 2010, official Report, column 456W, on Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission: surveillance, whether (a) the Commission and (b) its predecessor has made use of personal (a) Census, (b) HM Revenue and customs tax records and (c) Experian data.

Neither the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission, nor the Child Support Agency (when it was an Executive Agency of the Department for Work and Pensions) has made any use of census data. Both the Commission and the Child Support Agency have however had access to information held by HM Revenue and Customs and Experian for the purposes of tracing non-resident parents, establishing the amount of child maintenance payable and negotiating the payment of child maintenance arrears.

I hope you find this answer helpful.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 23 February 2010, Official Report, column 456W, on the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission: surveillance, whether the Commission and its predecessor have made use of (a) covert human intelligence sources and (b) private investigators. (324405)

The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission is responsible for the child maintenance 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 Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Peterborough of 23 February 2010, Official Report, column 456W, on Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission: surveillance, whether the Commission and its predecessor have made use of (a) covert human intelligence sources and (b) private investigators.

Neither the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission, nor the Child Support Agency (when it was an Executive Agency of the Department for Work and Pensions) has made any use of covert human intelligence services or private investigators.

I hope you find this answer helpful.