' .—(1) There shall be a body to be called the Child Support Advisory Committee ("the Committee").
(2) The Committee shall consist of not less than eight and not more than fifteen members appointed by the Secretary of State.
(3) The Secretary of State shall appoint one member of the Committee to chair its proceedings.
(4) In appointing the members of the committee, the Secretary of State shall have regard to the desirability of appointing persons with experience and knowledge of—
(a) family proceedings and the work of family courts;
(b) child support legislation; and
(c) the welfare of children.
(5) It shall be the duty of the Committee to advise the Secretary of State on the working of child support legislation, and to make recommendations, when it sees fit, for amending such legislation.
(6) It shall be the duty of the Committee to prepare an annual report and to submit it to the Secretary of State.
(7) The report prepared under subsection (6) above shall include—
(a) details of the number of child maintenance assessments made in the year, and an analysis of their effect on child welfare;
(b) details of the number of departure directions made in the year, and an analysis of their impact on the effectiveness of child maintenance;
(c) details of the number of reviews undertaken by child support officers in the year, and an analysis of the results of these reviews;
(d) details of the number of appeals made to child support appeal tribunals in the year together with an analysis of the grounds of appeals and the findings of the tribunals, and its assessment of any implications of that analysis for the reform of child support legislation; and
(e) any other matters which the Committee considers appropriate.
(8) The Secretary of State shall lay copies of each report made to him under subsection (6) above before both Houses of Parliament.
(9) Any expenses incurred by the members of the Committee appointed under this section may be reimbursed by the Secretary of State out of moneys provided by Parliament.'.—[Mr. Dewar.]