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(b) The monetary value of maintenance arrears payments made by non-resident parents since 1997-98, split by quarter
Quarter ending £ million

May 1997

8.786

August 1997

10.161

November 1997

11.081

February 1998

11.843

May 1998

13.333

August 1998

13.474

November 1998

15.153

February 1999

14.622

May 1999

15.898

August 1999

16.917

November 1999

15.998

February 2000

15.726

May 2000

15.471

August 2000

15.947

November 2000

15.547

February 2001

15.646

May 2001

16.007

August 2001

16.214

November 2001

15.655

February 2002

15.353

May 2002

16.509

August 2002

16.120

November 2002

16.519

February 2003

15.696

May 2003

15.914

August 2003

15.803

November 2003

16.027

February 2004

15.757

May 2004

16.187

August 2004

17.665

November 2004

16.948

February 2005

16.820

May 2005

18.769

August 2005

21.205

November 2005

20.163

February 2006

19.463

May 2006

21.763

August 2006

21.720


(c) The monetary value of maintenance arrears payments made by non-resident parents since 1997-98, split by year
Year ending £ million

February 1998

41.872

February 1999

56.583

February 2000

64.540

February 2001

62.610

February 2002

63.228

February 2003

64.844

March 2004

63.785

March 2005

68.129

March 2006

80.802

Notes:
1. Arrears are accrued when the non-resident parent does not pay the full amount of regular maintenance due.
2. Monthly data are only available from March 2003, when the new scheme was introduced. Data on the old scheme prior to March 2003 are only available quarterly.
3. Because the quarterly data prior to March 2003 is for irregular quarters (February, May, August, November), it is only possible to give figures by financial year (i.e. the year ending in March) from 2004 onwards. Prior to this, information is for the most comparable periods: the years ending in February.
4. Monetary values are presented in millions.
5. Figures in the tables are taken from Agency Management Information rather than the general ledger.

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many parents with care are owed Child Support Agency maintenance arrears; what the average arrears are per case; and if he will make a statement. [102205]


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Mr. Plaskitt: The administration of the Child Support Agency is the matter of the Chief Executive. He will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Stephen Geraghty, dated 18 September, 2006:

Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much has been paid in the form of (a) consolatory payments and (b) compensation by the Child Support Agency in each of the last five years. [106593]

Mr. Plaskitt [holding answer 30 November 2006]: The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the Chief Executive. He will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Stephen Geraghty:

£ million
Total paid in financial redress Consolatory payments

2001-02

2.59

0.696

2002-03

2.478

0.661

2003-04

2.331

0.406

2004-05

3.009

0.582

2005-06

4.138

0.608



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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have received ex-gratia payments from the Child Support Agency in the last five years due to delays in processing their cases. [102108]

Mr. Plaskitt: The information on redress payments for maladministration does not distinguish between the different reasons for payment. The information requested is therefore not available.

Letter from Stephen Geraghty:

Number of payments

2001-02

10,006

2002-03

10,090

2003-04

6,863

2004-05

9,118

2005-06

11,515


Debt Collection Agencies

Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps the Child Support Agency takes before referring a case of alleged arrears to a debt collection agency; and if he will make a statement. [103998]

Mr. Plaskitt: The administration of the Child Support Agency is the matter for the Chief Executive. He will write to the hon. Member with the information requested.

Letter from Stephen Geraghty:


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