Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 3:38 pm on 4th July 2007.

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Photo of Mark Todd Mark Todd Labour, South Derbyshire 3:38 pm, 4th July 2007

One of the tests of the legislation will undoubtedly be the proportion of cases that can be dealt with outside the state's intervention. I have found, as I am sure have other hon. Members, that the mere involvement of the state has often exacerbated the problem. The frustrations of dealing with the CSA and the antagonisms of producing detailed assessments and arguing over them make the situation worse. The further we can get the state to withdraw, except in extremis where it is required, the better it will be.