Child Maintenance Service — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 3:59 pm on 23rd July 2019.

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Photo of Martyn Day Martyn Day Scottish National Party, Linlithgow and East Falkirk 3:59 pm, 23rd July 2019

I am grateful to all the hon. Members who have come along and taken part today. There were many common themes, and, although I have no doubt that the system works for many, there remains a significant minority for whom it does not. We heard repeated themes of a lack of communication and of problems requiring faster action, greater use of enforcement powers and more action against those who are self-employed and are hiding their income. I am grateful for some of the points the Minister made, but the fact that the Financial Investigations Unit has existed since 2014 suggests that clearly there are still problems. I hope that, with the additional staffing it has gained, we will see further action in the future.

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved,

That this House
has considered the effectiveness of the Child Maintenance Service.