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Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many uncleared Child Support Agency applications there were in each month since May 1997, broken down by London borough; and if he will make a statement. 
In reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about the Child Support Agency, the Secretary of State promised a substantive reply from the Chief Executive.
You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many uncleared Child Support Agency applications there were in each month since May 1997 broken down by London borough; and if he will make a statement.
I am sorry that it is not possible to provide all the information you have requested as the computer system in use from 1993 does not hold data at the level of individual boroughs for uncleared cases. It is possible to provide data held on the new computer system introduced in March 2003 at the level you request and this is shown in the attached tables. However as the two computer systems continue to run in parallel, the information provided does not present a complete picture of the total number of uncleared cases by London borough, nor is it representative of trends over the period. For example, whilst the figures provided imply a significant increase in the volumes of uncleared cases by London borough, it should be remembered that the majority of cases at the beginning of the period were actually on the old scheme and the old computer system, and hence not covered in the attached table.
At a national level the total volume of uncleared applications was 334,500 in May 1999, the earliest month for which data is available, and this has fallen to 238,400 in December 2006. The Agency recognises that while the number of uncleared applications has fallen significantly, it remains unacceptably high, and our challenge, as set out in our Operational Improvement Plan, is that the Agency should not have a backlog in this area by March 2009.
I hope you find this answer helpful despite my being unable to answer your question in full.
|Number of uncleared applications in each London borough (both new and old scheme applications on the new computer system only), from March 2003 to December 2006|
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