Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 2:49 pm on 4th July 2007.

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Photo of Michael Clapham Michael Clapham Labour, Barnsley West and Penistone 2:49 pm, 4th July 2007

I accept that it is not good enough, but we have seen gradual improvements. When the process was examined further, it was recognised that fundamental change was needed. The former Secretary of State, now Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, made the point in February 2006 that the failures in the scheme clearly showed that it was not fit for purpose. He then called on Sir David Henshaw to provide a report after analysing how the scheme was operating. That was done and became the basis of the White Paper. It was recognised that a clear break with the CSA and the previous management system was necessary, and Sir David Henshaw's report made that plain.

The recommendations of the Henshaw report, together with the recommendations in the White Paper, form the basis for the Bill, which should be welcomed.