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Letter from Stephen Geraghty, dated
In reply to your recent Parliamentary Question about the Child Support Agency, the Secretary of State promised a substantive reply from the Chief Executive.
You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many driving licences were seized from payment defaulters as a result of enforcement action by the Child Support Agency in each year since the sanction was introduced.
The power to withdraw driving licences was brought into effect on
The information provided in the attached table, relates to the total driving licence sentences passed for the United Kingdom. Prior to 2002, the Agency did not maintain a robust system for reporting sentences. The Agency's system for reporting includes sentences passed for England, Wales and Scotland.
I hope you find this answer helpful.
|Table 1: Numbers of Committals and Driving Licences|
|April 2002 to March 2003||April 2003 to March 2004||April 2004 to March 2005||April 2005 to March 2006||February 2006 to January 2007|
|Number of suspended prison sentences passed||36||107||*225||*390||*385|
|Number of Prison Sentences passed||4||9||*5||*15||*40|
|Number of suspended driving licence disqualification sentences passed||7||9||*25||*35||*30|
|Number of driving licence disqualification sentences passed||1||1||*5||*5||*5|
| Notes: |
1. The figures marked with an asterix are sourced from the Agency's Quarterly Summary Statistics. Prior to April 2004, the figures given were clerically collated and are actual figures, not subject to rounding.
2. Figures sourced from the Agency's Quarterly Summary Statistics are rounded to the nearest five.
3. The figures for 2006-07 are from February 2006 to January 2007 and these are the latest figures published available.