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Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill

Volume 698: debated on Monday 4 February 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What contracted financial liabilities have been agreed in anticipation of the implementation of the Child Support and Other Payments Bill; and what are the amount, nature and timing of those liabilities; and [HL1626]

What unavoidable expenditure there will be in the event of the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill not being enacted or being substantially amended. [HL1629]

As my honourable friend, James Plaskitt, announced on 25 July, (Official Report, Commons, col. 87WS) and on 22 January, (Official Report, Commons, cols. 48-49WS) urgent expenditure estimated at £300,000 has been met by repayable cash advances from the Contingencies Fund for the recruitment costs of the C-MEC chair, commissioner and non-executive board and £1,012,000 for the financial and human resources system.

If the Bill were to fall, the two Contingencies Fund advances would need to be repaid to the Treasury, and any expenditure incurred under them would be lost. If the Bill were to be substantially amended, any financial effects would depend on the nature of the amendments, and in particular whether they had a bearing on the areas covered by the two advances.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will place in the Library of the House updated figures for the operational improvement plan used by the Child Support Agency, including progress made to date under each of the original targets set out in the plan. [HL1627]

Copies of the Child Support Agency quarterly summary of statistics are placed in the Library on publication. The latest figures were published on Wednesday 30 January and copies are available in the Library.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have any plans to seek power to incur expenditure under Section 82 of the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999 to provide for information technology systems to be introduced as a result of the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill. [HL1628]