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Children: Maintenance

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 25th June 2007.

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Photo of Tom Levitt Tom Levitt PPS (Rt Hon Hilary Benn, Secretary of State), Department for International Development

To ask 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.

Photo of James Plaskitt James Plaskitt Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions

The administration of the Child Support Agency is a matter for the Chief Executive. He will write to my hon. Friend with the information requested.

Letter from Stephen Geraghty, dated 25 June 2007:

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 2 April 2001 (under the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act 2000). The court, not the Agency selects the withdrawal of driving licences, committal to prison or a suspended sentence following a successful action brought by the Agency.

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.

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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.

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