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Mr. MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many absent parents in each constituency in Scotland are being dealt with by the Child Support Agency under the old rules. 
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 absent parents in each constituency in Scotland are being dealt with by the Child Support Agency under the old rules. 
The Agency does not gather information in the format requested. The information available relates to the number of old rules cases with a non-resident parent living in each constituency in Scotland as at September 2007 and is provided in the attached table. Therefore, non-resident parents with more than one case will be counted for each related case.
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|Parliamentary constituency of non-resident parent for cases dealt with under old rules: September 2007|
| Notes: 1. Includes all cases with either a full maintenance assessment or an interim maintenance assessment Including those with a nil liability. 2. This table relates to cases. Therefore, non-resident parents involved in more than one case are included multiple times. 3. All figures are rounded to the nearest 100. 4. Cases have been allocated to parliamentary constituency through matching the postcode for a residential address against the Office for National Statistics postcode directory. 5. A component of the old scheme numbers is taken from a 5 per cent. sample of cases on the old computer system. The old scheme figures and the overall totals are therefore subject to a degree of sampling variation. This sampling variation is greater in proportional terms when the number estimated is small.|
Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average processing time was for child support applications in each constituency in Scotland in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether money received from (a) war disablement pensions and (b) the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (i) is included in the calculation of child support payments by the Child Support Agency and (ii) will be included in calculations made by the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission. 
Under the first child support scheme introduced in 1993 any element of a war disablement pension awarded in respect of attendance needs is ignored. The remaining part of that award in respect of a parent, and any periodical payment made under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, will be taken into account, apart from a £10 a week disregard. If the liability of a non-resident parent receiving one of these payments would otherwise be the minimum amount, the liability is reduced to nil.
Under the second child support scheme, introduced from March 2003, a non-resident parent receiving war disablement pension or periodical payments under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme will be liable for a flat-rate maintenance of £5 per week.
The proposed new calculation rules to be operated by the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission from 2010 will continue to include a flat-rate but at £7 per week for non-resident parents receiving war disablement pension or periodical payments under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.
Mr. Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Child Maintenance and Enforcements Commission will sign new contracts with debt collection agencies for debt collection or maintain contracts with agencies signed by the Child Support Agency. 
Mr. Plaskitt: When responsibility for child support functions transfers to the Commission, the Commission will be able to use the contracts currently used by the CSA. Future debt collection arrangements will be for the Commission to determine.
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 individuals have received a consolatory payment from the Child Support Agency. 
What the (a) average size and (b) total value has been of consolatory payments made to individuals by the Child Support Agency. 
The Agency does not routinely collect information regarding the number of individuals that receive consolatory payments. The information provided in the table below refers to the total number of consolatory awards made in the most recent complete year. Individuals may receive more than one award in any year.
|Child Support Agency consolatory awards|
Consolatory awards are not usually large amounts but do acknowledge that a client's case has not been handled as well as it might.
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Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incapacity benefit claimants with claims of five years or more duration there were in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) region, (b) local authority area and (c) parliamentary constituency. 
|Number of incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance claimants in West Chelmsford parliamentary constituency|
|Quarter ending May||West Chelmsford|
| Note: Figures are rounded to the nearest 10. Source: DWP Information Directorate Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study 100 per cent. data.|
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