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Public Bill Committee: 17th July 2007                  

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Disability Discrimination Act 1995, and the Commission’s Disability

 

Equality Scheme.’.

 

Andrew Selous

 

Mr Mark Harper

 

Mr Stewart Jackson

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Clause  5,  page  2,  line  22,  at end insert ‘, and for the purpose of supporting both

 

parents with care and non-resident parents in providing emotional support to their

 

children.’.

 

Mr Mike Weir

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Clause  5,  page  2,  line  22,  at end insert ‘, and such information shall include

 

information on existing systems of creating, registering and enforcing voluntary

 

agreements including, in Scotland, the ability to register such agreements in the Books of

 

Council and Session.’.

 

Andrew Selous

 

Mr Mark Harper

 

Mr Stewart Jackson

 

76

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  5,  page  2,  line  23,  leave out ‘may provide information’ and insert ‘may

 

ensure that information is provided’.

 

Andrew Selous

 

Mr Mark Harper

 

Mr Stewart Jackson

 

17

 

Clause  5,  page  2,  line  24,  at end add—

 

‘(3)    

The Secretary of State may by regulations make arrangements to allow

 

information and guidance under subsection (1) to be provided in conjunction with

 

other services delivered by any relevant authority to parents and children who are

 

experiencing or who have experienced family breakdown.

 

(4)    

In this section “relevant authority” means—

 

(a)    

any Minister of the Crown or department of the Government of the

 

United Kingdom;

 

(b)    

a public body specified in regulations made by the Secretary of State for

 

the purposes of this section.

 

(5)    

Any regulations made under subsection (3) may be made so as to have effect for

 

a specified period not exceeding 24 months.

 

(6)    

A pilot scheme may provide that its provisions are to apply only in relation to—

 

(a)    

one or more specified areas or localities;

 

(b)    

one or more specified classes of person;

 

(c)    

persons selected by reference to prescribed criteria, or on a sampling

 

basis.

 

(7)    

A pilot scheme may make consequential or transitional provision with respect to

 

the cessation of the scheme on the expiry of the specified period.

 

(8)    

A pilot scheme may be replaced by a further pilot scheme making the same or

 

similar provision.’.


 
 

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Danny Alexander

 

Paul Rowen

 

35

 

Clause  5,  page  2,  line  24,  at end add—

 

‘(3)    

The Secretary of State may by regulations make arrangements to allow

 

information and guidance under subsection (1) to be provided in conjunction with

 

other services delivered by any relevant authority to parents and children who are

 

experiencing or who have experienced family breakdown.

 

(4)    

In this section “relevant authority” means—

 

(a)    

any Minister of the Crown or department of the Government of the

 

United Kingdom;

 

(b)    

a public body specified in regulations made by the Secretary of State for

 

the purposes of this section.’.

 


 

Danny Alexander

 

Paul Rowen

 

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Clause  6,  page  2,  line  27,  after ‘fees’, insert ‘to a person who has failed to pay an

 

amount of child support maintenance’.

 

Danny Alexander

 

Paul Rowen

 

Mr Mike Weir

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Clause  6,  page  2,  line  27,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

The Secretary of State may only make regulations under subsection (1) when he

 

is satisfied that the Commission is capable of providing a satisfactory service to

 

parents and children in terms of its duties under this Act.’.

 

Mr James Plaskitt

 

57

 

Clause  6,  page  2,  line  38,  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

The Secretary of State may by regulations provide that the provisions of the Child

 

Support Act 1991 (c. 48) with respect to—

 

(a)    

the collection of child support maintenance,

 

(b)    

the enforcement of any obligation to pay child support maintenance,

 

    

shall apply equally (with any necessary modifications) to fees payable by virtue

 

of regulations under subsection (1).’.

 


 

Danny Alexander

 

Paul Rowen

 

38

 

Clause  7,  page  3,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

Before any arrangements are made pursuant to subsection (1) above, the

 

Commission must ensure that consideration has been given to how the specific

 

arrangements sought will contribute to the Commission’s main objective of


 
 

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Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill, continued

 
 

maximising the number of children living apart from one or both of their parents

 

for whom effective maintenance arrangements are in place.’.

 


 

Danny Alexander

 

Paul Rowen

 

39

 

Clause  8,  page  3,  line  26,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

Before any authorisation is given pursuant to subsection (1) above, the

 

Commission must ensure that consideration has been given to how the specific

 

authorisation sought will contribute to the Commission’s main objective of

 

maximising the number of children living apart from one or both of their parents

 

for whom effective maintenance arrangements are in place.’.

 


 

Andrew Selous

 

Mr Mark Harper

 

Mr Stewart Jackson

 

Danny Alexander

 

Paul Rowen

 

10

 

Clause  9,  page  4,  line  32,  after ‘on’, insert ‘section 7(1) and’.

 

Andrew Selous

 

Mr Mark Harper

 

Mr Stewart Jackson

 

Danny Alexander

 

Paul Rowen

 

11

 

Clause  9,  page  4,  line  32,  at end insert ‘; and, in respect of each authorisation under

 

section 8(1), details of the body to whom the functions of the Commission have been

 

delegated and their performance in contributing to the Commission’s objectives.’.

 

Andrew Selous

 

Mr Mark Harper

 

Mr Stewart Jackson

 

9

 

Clause  9,  page  4,  line  32,  at end insert—

 

‘(e)    

the number of children who live apart from one or both of their parents

 

who are eligible for child maintenance under the Child Support Act 1991;

 

(f)    

the proportion of those children for whom child maintenance has been

 

paid in the previous year;

 

(g)    

the type of arrangement—whether voluntary or under the statutory

 

scheme;

 

(h)    

where child maintenance has been paid, details of the amount; the

 

frequency of payment; whether paid in full or in part; and whether paid

 

on time.’.


 
 

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Danny Alexander

 

Paul Rowen

 

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Clause  9,  page  4,  line  32,  at end insert—

 

‘(e)    

information concerning the historic debt to be collected by the

 

commission, including

 

(i)    

the total amount of historic debt;

 

(ii)    

the numbers of individual debtors and individual amounts owed

 

expressed as a proportion within different bands of debt levels;

 

(iii)    

the steps taken to recover that debt, including the budget and

 

staffing resources devoted to this activity; and

 

(iv)    

the amount of debt considered uncollectable, broken down by the

 

reasons why.’.

 

Andrew Selous

 

Mr Mark Harper

 

Mr Stewart Jackson

 

12

 

Clause  9,  page  4,  line  32,  at end insert—

 

‘(e)    

information concerning the historic debt to be collected by the

 

Commission, including—

 

(i)    

the total amount of historic debt;

 

(ii)    

the numbers of individual debtors;

 

(iii)    

the amounts of debt owed, broken down by bands;

 

(iv)    

the steps taken to recover that debt, including the budget and

 

staffing resources devoted to this activity; and

 

(v)    

the amount of debt considered uncollectable, broken down by the

 

reasons why.’.

 

Danny Alexander

 

Paul Rowen

 

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Clause  9,  page  4,  line  32,  at end insert—

 

‘(e)    

the extent to which the Commission has made progress regarding the

 

collection and payment of arrears.’.

 

Danny Alexander

 

Paul Rowen

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Clause  9,  page  4,  line  32,  at end insert—

 

‘(d)    

details of any complaints received and how these complaints were

 

handled.’.

 

Andrew Selous

 

Mr Mark Harper

 

Mr Stewart Jackson

 

13

 

Clause  9,  page  4,  line  39,  at end insert ‘and must make a motion in the House of

 

Commons in relation to each such report.’.

 



 
 

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Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill, continued

 
 

Danny Alexander

 

Paul Rowen

 

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Clause  10,  page  5,  line  8,  at end insert ‘and laid before Parliament’.

 


 

Danny Alexander

 

Paul Rowen

 

58

 

Schedule  3,  page  61,  line  32,  leave out paragraph 51.

 


 

Andrew Selous

 

Mr Mark Harper

 

Mr Stewart Jackson

 

Danny Alexander

 

Paul Rowen

 

18

 

Clause  15,  page  7,  line  10,  at beginning insert—

 

‘(1)    

Subject to subsection (2),’.

 

Andrew Selous

 

Mr Mark Harper

 

Mr Stewart Jackson

 

Danny Alexander

 

Paul Rowen

 

19

 

Clause  15,  page  7,  line  10,  after ‘(c. 48)’, insert ‘shall’.

 

Andrew Selous

 

Mr Mark Harper

 

Mr Stewart Jackson

 

20

 

Clause  15,  page  7,  line  18,  at end insert—

 

‘(2)    

When applying section 57 of this Act the Secretary of State shall only bring the

 

provisions of subsection (1) into force on such day as he by regulations amends

 

the provisions set out in subsection (3) below, so as significantly to increase the

 

amount of child maintenance which is to be disregarded when calculating income

 

other than earnings for income support or jobseeker’s allowance purposes.

 

(3)    

The provisions referred to in subsection (2) above are—

 

(a)    

paragraph 73 of Schedule 9 to the Income Support (General) 1987

 

Regulations;

 

(b)    

paragraph 70 of Schedule 7 of the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations

 

1996.’.

 

Danny Alexander

 

Paul Rowen

 

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Clause  15,  page  7,  line  18,  at end insert—


 
 

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‘(2)    

Subsection (1) shall not have effect until the Secretary of State has, by

 

regulations, amended the provisions set out in subsection (3) below so as

 

significantly to increase the amount of child maintenance which is to be

 

disregarded when calculating income other than earnings for the purposes of

 

income support or jobseeker’s allowance.

 

(3)    

The provisions referred to in subsection (2) above are—

 

(a)    

paragraph 73 of Schedule 9 to the Income Support (General) 1987

 

Regulations;

 

(b)    

paragraph 70 of Schedule 7 to the Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations

 

1996.’.

 

Mr Mike Weir

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Clause  15,  page  7,  line  18,  at end add—

 

‘(c)    

section 4(10)(aa).’.

 


 

Danny Alexander

 

Paul Rowen

 

46

 

Clause  16,  page  7,  line  22,  at end insert ‘(subject to subsection (3))’.

 

Danny Alexander

 

Paul Rowen

 

48

 

Clause  16,  page  7,  line  22,  at end insert—

 

‘(2)    

The Secretary of State must, before Schedule 4 comes into effect, publish a

 

report, including statistical information, on the effect of using the following levels

 

of income variation—

 

(a)    

20% increase;

 

(b)    

15% increase;

 

(c)    

10% increase;

 

(d)    

5% increase;

 

(e)    

20% decrease;

 

(f)    

15% decrease;

 

(g)    

10% decrease;

 

(h)    

5% decrease.’.

 

Danny Alexander

 

Paul Rowen

 

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Clause  16,  page  7,  line  22,  at end insert—

 

‘(2)    

The Secretary of State must publish a report on the criteria which will apply to

 

evidence brought before the Commission by a parent with care who wishes to

 

appeal agains a maintenance calculation.

 

(3)    

A Minister of the Crown must make a motion in each House of Parliament in

 

relation to the report mentioned in subsection (2) before the coming into effect of

 

Schedule 4.’.


 
 

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Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill, continued

 
 

Danny Alexander

 

Paul Rowen

 

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Clause  16,  page  7,  line  22,  at end insert—

 

‘(2)    

The Secretary of State must publish a report, including statistical information, on

 

the likely actual impact of the move from using net income for maintenance

 

calculations to gross income.

 

(3)    

A Minister of the Crown must make a motion in each House of Parliament in

 

relation to the report mentioned in subsection (2) before the coming into effect of

 

Schedule 4.’.

 


 

Danny Alexander

 

Paul Rowen

 

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Schedule  4,  page  63,  leave out lines 23 to 27 and insert—

 


 

‘12% where the non-resident parent has one qualifying child;

 

 16% where the non-resident parent has two qualifying children;

 

 19% where the non-resident parent has three or more qualifying children.’.

 

Danny Alexander

 

Paul Rowen

 

62

 

Schedule  4,  page  63,  line  39,  leave out paragraph 4.

 

Danny Alexander

 

Paul Rowen

 

83

 

Parliamentary Star    

Schedule  4,  page  65,  line  28,  at end insert—

 

‘(c)    

provide for the calculation of income to include any interest, dividend or

 

other income derived from capital.’.

 


 

Danny Alexander

 

Paul Rowen

 

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Parliamentary Star    

Clause  17,  page  7,  line  21,  insert—

 

‘(aa)    

make provision to include that where there is a change in circumstances

 

of the non-resident parent, the Commission shall review maintenance

 

arrangements if the gross income of the non-resident parent has increased

 

by up to 25 per cent. or decreased by up to 10 per cent. from the gross

 

income figure fixed by the calculation currently in force;

 

(ab)    

make provisions for supersession in circumstances in which updated

 

income information is provided to the Commission and the maintenance

 

calculation currently in force has been calculated using historic tax year

 

information held at Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.’.


 
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