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Public Bill Committee: 19th July 2007                  

81

 

Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill, continued

 
 

Mr Mike Weir

 

92

 

Clause  25,  page  18,  line  24,  after ‘unpaid’, insert—

 

‘(ba)    

the person from whom the Commission has sought to recover an amount

 

in terms of subsection (1) has been given an opportunity to make

 

representations to the Commission;’.

 

Danny Alexander

 

Paul Rowen

 

86

 

Clause  25,  page  19,  line  7,  leave out subsection (b).

 


 

Danny Alexander

 

Paul Rowen

 

61

 

Page  23,  line  23,  leave out Clause 26.

 


 

Andrew Selous

 

Mr Mark Harper

 

Mr Stewart Jackson

 

Danny Alexander

 

Paul Rowen

 

21

 

Clause  29,  page  32,  line  26,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

In circumstances where a person’s liabilities to pay child maintenance result in

 

sums owing to a parent with care, before exercising its powers under subsection

 

(1), the Commission must first obtain the permission of the parent with care in

 

writing.’.

 


 

Andrew Selous

 

Mr Mark Harper

 

Mr Stewart Jackson

 

Danny Alexander

 

Paul Rowen

 

22

 

Clause  30,  page  32,  line  37,  at beginning insert ‘Subject to the permission in

 

writing of any person to whom arrears of child support maintenance are owed,’.

 



 
 

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Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill, continued

 
 

Andrew Selous

 

Mr Mark Harper

 

Mr Stewart Jackson

 

Danny Alexander

 

Paul Rowen

 

23

 

Clause  31,  page  33,  line  5,  at beginning insert ‘Subject to the permission in writing

 

of any person to whom arrears of child support maintenance are owed,’.

 

Mr Mike Weir

 

93

 

Clause  31,  page  33,  line  10,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

In making a decision to extinguish liability for arrears of child support

 

maintenance under subsection (1) the Commission shall have regard to the

 

welfare of the child or children in respect of whom the arrears are due.’.

 


 

Danny Alexander

 

Paul Rowen

 

50

 

Clause  36,  page  35,  line  21,  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

The results and finding of all pilot schemes must be published in separate

 

reports—

 

(a)    

every six months while the pilot scheme is in operation, and

 

(b)    

at the conclusion of every pilot scheme.’.

 


 

Mr Mike Weir

 

94

 

Clause  37,  page  35,  line  32,  leave out ‘20’ and insert ‘25’.

 


 

Danny Alexander

 

Paul Rowen

 

51

 

Clause  39,  page  36,  line  6,  at end insert ‘(subject to subsection (3))’.

 

Danny Alexander

 

Paul Rowen

 

52

 

Clause  39,  page  36,  line  6,  at end insert—

 

‘(2)    

The Secertary of State must publish a report on the systems that will be put in

 

place to facilitate information sharing between Her Majesty’s Revenue and

 

Customs and the Commission.


 
 

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(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 6.’.

 


 

Andrew Selous

 

Mr Mark Harper

 

Mr Stewart Jackson

 

16

 

Page  36,  line  7,  leave out Clause 40.

 


 

Mr Mike Weir

 

95

 

Clause  50,  page  41,  line  45,  at end add—

 

‘(7)    

The Secretary of State must consult with all organisations with a relevant material

 

interest prior to making regulations under this Act.’.

 


 

Andrew Selous

 

Mr Mark Harper

 

Mr Stewart Jackson

 

14

 

Clause  57,  page  43,  line  22,  after ‘sections’, insert ‘16, [Duty of HM Revenue and

 

Customs to ascertain financial circumstances of non-resident parent],’.

 


 

New Clauses

 

Application to Commission by third party

 

Andrew Selous

 

Mr Mark Harper

 

Mr Stewart Jackson

 

NC1

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘Where a child’s welfare is at risk because appropriate maintenance arrangements

 

have not been established, a third party specified by the Secretary of State can, on

 

behalf of the child, make an application to the Commission.’.

 



 
 

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Duty of HM Revenue and Customs to ascertain financial circumstances of non-resident

 

parent

 

Andrew Selous

 

Mr Mark Harper

 

Mr Stewart Jackson

 

NC2

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

In section 11 of the Child Support Act 1991 (maintenance calculations) after

 

subsection (6) insert—

 

“(6A)    

Where subsection (6) applies or an application for a variation under

 

section 28 has been made by either the non-resident parent or the parent

 

with care and any question arises concerning the income of the non-

 

resident parent—

 

(a)    

HMRC shall take all reasonable steps to investigate and verify

 

the financial circumstances of the non-resident parent in order to

 

establish his income for the purposes of this Act or regulations

 

made under it;

 

(b)    

the non-resident parent shall provide such information as is

 

required by HMRC in order to verify the financial information

 

submitted by him or on his behalf.”.

 

(2)    

After subsection (8) of that section insert—

 

“(8A)    

In this section “HMRC” means the Commissioners of Her Majesty’s

 

Revenue and Customs.”’.

 


 

Enhanced enforcement to coincide with changes to the calculation of maintenance

 

Andrew Selous

 

Mr Mark Harper

 

Mr Stewart Jackson

 

NC3

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

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

 

implement the provisions contained in sections 19 to 28 inclusive of this Act on

 

such day as the provisions contained in section 16 and [Duty of HM Revenue and

 

Customs to ascertain financial circumstances of non-resident parent] of this Act

 

also come into force.’.

 



 
 

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Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill, continued

 
 

Power of parental enforcement

 

Andrew Selous

 

Mr Mark Harper

 

Mr Stewart Jackson

 

NC4

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘If the Commission fails to enforce a maintenance assessment in a reasonable

 

period, the parent with care can request that a liability order be issued which can

 

be enforced independently through the county court.’.

 


 

Information required by the Commission

 

Andrew Selous

 

Mr Mark Harper

 

Mr Stewart Jackson

 

NC5

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘In section 14 of the Child Support Act 1991 (information requirements), after

 

subsection (1A) insert—

 

“(2)    

Regulations under subsection (1) shall in particular require a person, who

 

is subject to a change of circumstance which would result in a decision

 

by the Commission to superseding an earlier decision under section 17 of

 

the Act on non-resident parents, to furnish the Commission with

 

information and evidence regarding the said change of circumstances

 

within 42 days.”.’.

 


 

Financial circumstances of non-resident parent

 

Danny Alexander

 

Paul Rowen

 

NC6

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

In section 11 of the Child Support Act 1991 (maintenance calculations) after

 

subsection (6) insert—

 

“(6A)    

Where subsection (6) applies or an application for a variation under

 

section 28 has been made by either the non-resident parent or the parent

 

with care and any question arises concerning the income of the non-

 

resident parent—

 

(a)    

the Commission shall take all reasonable steps to investigate and

 

verify the financial circumstances of the non-resident parent in

 

order to establish his income for the purposes of this Act or

 

regulations made under it;


 
 

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(b)    

the non-resident parent shall provide such information as is

 

required by the Commission in order to verify the financial

 

information submitted by him or on his behalf.” ’.

 


 

Report on private arrangements

 

Danny Alexander

 

Paul Rowen

 

NC7

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘The Secretary of State must, within one year of the coming into force of this

 

section, conduct and publish research on—

 

(a)    

the number of parents expected to reach private arrangements;

 

(b)    

parents’ perceptions of the efficacy of private arrangements;

 

(c)    

the possible effect of removing the compulsion for parents with care

 

claiming state benefits to use the Commission on the number of such

 

parents with maintenance arrangements in place.’.

 


 

Seizure of goods

 

Danny Alexander

 

Paul Rowen

 

NC9

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Commission may make an order under this section against a person where—

 

(a)    

it has sought to recover an amount from the person by means of taking

 

enforcement action by virtue of sections 35 or 38, or by means to a third

 

party debt order or a charging order by virtue of section 36 of the Child

 

Support Act 1991;

 

(b)    

the whole or any part of the amount remains unpaid; and

 

(c)    

the Commission is of the opinion that there has been wilful refusal or

 

culpable neglect on the part of the person.

 

(2)    

For the purposes of subsection 1(a), the Commission is to be taken to have sought

 

to recover an amount by means of a charging order if an interim charging order

 

has been made, whether or not any further steps have been taken to recover the

 

amount.

 

(3)    

A person against whom an order is made under section 1 shall surrender such

 

goods, the value of which the Commission estimates to equal the amount

 

remaining unpaid.

 

(4)    

Any goods found on such a seizure shall be applied towards payment of any

 

amount that is owed to the Commission and the balance (if any) shall be returned

 

to the person from whom goods have been seized.

 

(5)    

The Commission shall not allow the application under section 4 of goods if it is

 

satisfied that the goods do not belong to the person.


 
 

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(6)    

Before making an order under this section against a person, the Commission shall

 

consider whether the person needs certain goods in order to make a living, which

 

may then be exempted from seizure.’.

 


 

Shared care

 

Andrew Selous

 

Mr Mark Harper

 

Mr Stewart Jackson

 

NC10

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘The Secretary of State must, prior to the establishment of the Commission,

 

publish a report which analyses whether the reduction in maintenance due to

 

share care, or any other factor, is leading to a reduction in shared care.’.

 


 

Entitlement of parent with care

 

Danny Alexander

 

Paul Rowen

 

NC11

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘The Secretary of State may by regulations made provision for the parent with

 

care to—

 

(a)    

make representations, oral, written or otherwise, in enforcement

 

proceedings commenced under this Act and to attend enforcement

 

proceedings hearings brought under this Act, and

 

(b)    

apply to Magistrates Court or an Appeal Tribunal for collection or

 

enforcement pursuant to sections 20 to 28 of this Act.’.

 



 
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