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Mr. Hood: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many families received child maintenance payments in the Lanark and Hamilton, East constituency in (a) 200203, (b) 200304 and (c) 200405; and if he will make a statement. 
In July you asked a Parliamentary Question about the Child Support Agency the Secretary of State promised a substantive reply from the Chief Executive. I am extremely sorry for the delay in providing this reply.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the policy is of the Child Support Agency in relation to the conditions which must be satisfied before a deduction of earnings order is initiated; and if he will make a statement. 
When an employed non-resident parent fails to comply and make regular payments, the Child Support Agency may send a deduction from earnings order (DEO) to their employer.
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Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many telephone calls to the Child Support Agency from people in Scotland (a) were received, (b) received an engaged tone and (c) were disconnected during the interactive voice response process for the period April 2002 to September 2005 for (i) all calls and (ii) calls relating to cases being progressed on the new computer system; 
Mr. Plaskitt: The Child Support Agency's chief executive, Stephen Geraghty, is currently undertaking a root and branch review of the agency. He will report to Ministers and we will make announcements shortly.
Uncleared potential new scheme applications rose from 259,000 in January 2005 to 266,000 in April 2005 before falling to 261,000 in September 2005. Of all potential new scheme applications received, 35% were still awaiting clearance in September 2005, down from 46% in January.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the Child Support Agency's caseload has been for each quarter of each year from 1997 to the third quarter of 2005; and if he will make a statement. 
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To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many recipients there are of (a) the higher rate of the mobility component, (b) the medium rate of the care component and (c) the higher rate of the care component of disability living allowance, broken down by region; 
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(2) what estimate he has made of the number of people who qualify for but do not receive (a) the higher rate of the mobility component, (b) the medium rate of the care component and (c) the higher rate of the care component of disability living allowance, broken down by region. 
Mrs. McGuire: The requested information about the numbers of people receiving the higher rate of the mobility component the middle rate of the care component and the highest rate of the care component of disability living allowance is in the following table. Currently it is not possible to estimate take-up rates for the allowance. Following a recommendation in Meeting DWP's long-term information needs on disability: a feasibility report", (DWP Research report number 267, a copy of which is available in the Library) the Department is commissioning research to test two possible approaches to establish whether it is possible to estimate take-up rates. The results of this research will be available in 2007.
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rate care component
rate care component
|Yorkshire and the Humber||168.0||57.9||77.6|
|East of England||106.6||46.6||69.9|
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