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You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many absent parents in each constituency in Scotland have been transferred from the old to the new system of assessment by the Child Support Agency in each year since its introduction; and how many of these transfers were triggered by a new case involving the individual. 
The number of converted cases transferring from the old to the new system of assessment is provided in the attached table. When a new child support application is made, the case may have one or more links, through the parent with care or non-resident parent or their partners, to existing cases. If a link is established to one or more cases on the old computer system, then these cases will be transferred to the new computer system, along with any further cases that are linked to them.
We are not able to say how many converted cases were triggered by a new case, involving the individual. Cases converted may be due to a link through the Non-Resident Parents partner.
A similar question was tabled by Mr Michael Weir MP on 12 October 2007 [PQ/07/158435], requesting the number of converted cases in Angus constituency and in Scotland. While
answering your related question, an error was discovered in the response given to Mr Weir concerning the number of converted cases for 2006/07. The revised figures for Scotland are therefore included in this answer.
I hope you find this answer helpful.
|The volume of converted cases by constituency in Scotland each year|
|Parliamentary constituency||April 2003 -March 2004||April 2004 -March 2005||April 2005 -March 2006||April 2006 -March 2007||April 2007 -September 2007|
1. A converted case is classified as where a new scheme application can have a financial impact on an existing old scheme case, when either the non-resident parent or the parent with care on the new application is also the non-resident parent or parent with care on the existing case. In this situation, the old scheme cases in question will also be converted to the new scheme.
2. When a conversion is completed, it may reveal other links which also require conversion.
3. The latest available data is at September 2007.
4. This table revises information given in response to PQ458435 which overstated the volume of converted cases in Scotland in 2006-07 by 130.
5. Volumes are rounded to the nearest 10.
6. Totals may not sum due to rounding
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