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Child Maintenance

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Jennifer Willott Jennifer Willott Liberal Democrat, Cardiff Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many deduction of earnings orders will be kept in place (a) during the migration of cases to the new child maintenance system and (b) until parents are able to make a private agreement; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Maria Miller Maria Miller The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission is responsible for the child maintenance system. I have asked the Child Maintenance Commissioner to write to the hon. Member with the information requested and I have seen the response.

Letter from Noel Shanahan

You asked the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many deduction of earnings orders will be kept in place (a) during the migration of cases to the new child maintenance system and (b) until parents are able to make a private agreement; and if he will make a statement.

The process underpinning the closure of cases on the existing statutory maintenance schemes, and the movement of those cases to either a family based arrangement or application to the future statutory scheme has yet to be finalised (this includes the status of any deduction from earnings orders currently in place).

The Government intends to draft Regulations and consult publicly on the details of the existing scheme case closure process later in the year.

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