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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Access to Work Programme more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether changes to Access to Work support are planned for staff employed by non-ministerial government departments. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hayes and Harlington more like this
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John McDonnell more like this
star this property uin 284252 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-09-06more like thismore than 2019-09-06
star this property answer text <p>Since 2006, employees of ministerial government departments have had their support funded directly by their Departments rather than through Access to Work, with the exception of Ministry of Defence employees working outside of London.</p><p> </p><p>Access to Work is an important enabler in the delivery of the Government’s pledge to see a million more disabled people into work. As leaders in disability employment, and Disability Confident Level 3 Leaders, government departments should not be reliant on external grants to provide the necessary support for their employees.</p><p> </p><p>We have consulted with Ministerial and Non-Ministerial government departments, as well as their arms lengths bodies, to understand what any change could mean. We are currently reviewing this information and considering options for the future.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2019-09-06T11:17:13.1Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-06T11:17:13.1Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for John McDonnell more like this
1143303
star this property registered interest false more like this
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Breastfeeding more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment the Government has made of the potential merits of (a) bringing forward legislative proposals to protect breastfeeding mothers at work and (b) reducing the promotion of breast-milk substitutes in order to improve infant feeding in the UK. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bristol East more like this
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Kerry McCarthy more like this
star this property uin 284678 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
star this property answer text <p>In response to bringing forward legislative proposals to protect breastfeeding mothers at work, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is not proposing to introduce legislative changes to protect breastfeeding mothers in the workplace. Breastfeeding mothers are already protected under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 (the Workplace Regulations)</p><p> </p><p>The Workplace Regulations require employers to provide suitable rest facilities for breastfeeding mothers. Employers are also recommended to provide a private, healthy and safe environment for nursing mothers to express and store milk. Comprehensive online guidance on how employers can meet their legal requirements can be found at <a href="https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hse.gov.uk%2Fmothers%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cparlybranch.pqs%40beis.gov.uk%7Cd6523640efd34bf2d8b408d730890091%7Ccbac700502c143ebb497e6492d1b2dd8%7C0%7C0%7C637031237282951465&amp;sdata=cXmk3wvgYbAn72K18nJzCp2gVC%2BeKxtuVzyxlCXCEYM%3D&amp;reserved=0" target="_blank">http://www.hse.gov.uk/mothers/</a></p><p> </p><p>Research commissioned and published in 2016 by the Equality and Human Rights Commission and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy found that almost all employers said they understood their legal responsibility to ensure a safe working environment for mothers returning from maternity leave. Often where difficulties arose in terms of health and safety, it was due to poor communication and a lack of ongoing discussion between managers and new and expectant mothers. HSE has published guidance which emphasises the importance of this to help address any issues or concerns. It can be found at <a href="https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hse.gov.uk%2Fpubns%2Findg373.pdf&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cparlybranch.pqs%40beis.gov.uk%7Cd6523640efd34bf2d8b408d730890091%7Ccbac700502c143ebb497e6492d1b2dd8%7C0%7C0%7C637031237282951465&amp;sdata=D063NUU8RU2o6UPt9j8P6j2%2ByaRGSuXeqLa%2F6faxvwE%3D&amp;reserved=0" target="_blank">http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg373.pdf</a></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>On reducing the promotion of breast-milk substitutes, there is strict legislation currently in place in the form of the EU Directive (2006/141/EC) which regulates the composition, labelling and marketing of infant formulae and follow-on formulae. The Directive reflects scientific advice on the essential composition of infant formulae and follow-on formulae and discussions at an international level in the Codex Alimentarius forum. This Directive is implemented in England by the Infant Formula and Follow on Formula (England) Regulations 2007 and similar legislation applies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Directive also gives effect to the principles and aims of the 1981 World Health Organisation (WHO) Code on the Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes by regulating labelling and restricting advertising and presentation of infant so as not to discourage breastfeeding.</p><p> </p><p>The new Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/127 will apply from 22nd February 2020; as a member state, the UK Government was fully involved and committed to the introduction of the new regime within the EU. In the event of EU Exit prior to 22 February 2020, the intention is therefore to make UK-wide legislation to mirror the delegated legislation as closely as possible, and to progress with implementation of the provisions.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Eastleigh more like this
star this property answering member printed Mims Davies more like this
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less than 2019-09-09T12:55:53.66Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T12:55:53.66Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mims Davies more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Kerry McCarthy more like this
1143289
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Children: Day Care more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the (a) affordability and (b) adequacy of provision of childcare for parents subject to the benefit cap. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Sheffield Central more like this
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Paul Blomfield more like this
star this property uin 284637 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
star this property answer text <p>The Department for Work and Pensions has not undertaken a specific assessment of the affordability and adequacy of provision of childcare for parents subject to the benefit cap. As part of its evaluation of the benefit cap policy, we have commissioned the National Centre for Social Research to conduct a survey of capped households to assess the effects of the cap on claimants’ behaviours toward employment and the drivers behind different responses to the cap, which will include childcare availability and costs. We anticipate publishing the findings in the Autumn.</p><p> </p><p>The department recognises that high childcare costs can be a real barrier to parents taking up employment or increasing their working hours. To help overcome this, Universal Credit is more generous than legacy benefits in the support it provides towards childcare costs, with an increased level of support for childcare costs from 70% in legacy to up to 85% in Universal Credit.</p><p> </p><p>In addition, significant work has been undertaken within the department to raise awareness and understanding of the UC Childcare Offer amongst work coaches and work continues across Government to support take up of the different childcare offers, ensuring information is readily accessible for parents, providers and employers, including via digital channels. The Government now provides more support than ever before to help parents with the costs of childcare and will be spending a record amount of around £6 billion on childcare support in 2019-20.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Eastleigh more like this
star this property answering member printed Mims Davies more like this
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less than 2019-09-09T12:13:40.533Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T12:13:40.533Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mims Davies more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Paul Blomfield more like this
1142674
star this property registered interest false more like this
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Children: Maintenance more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many enforcement actions the HMRC and Child Maintenance Group liaison group has conducted since January 2017. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Glenrothes more like this
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Peter Grant more like this
star this property uin 284156 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-09-05more like thismore than 2019-09-05
star this property answer text <p>The Department is currently working with HMRC to identify opportunities for closer working on a range of enforcement activities, as part of the implementation of the DWP’s child maintenance compliance and arrears strategy.</p><p>Alongside this work the Department’s Financial Investigations Unit continues to conduct investigations into child maintenance matters. Between January and March 2019 the CMS’s Financial Investigations Unit launched 530 complex earnings investigations and 20 criminal investigations.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Eastleigh more like this
star this property answering member printed Mims Davies more like this
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less than 2019-09-05T11:29:36.69Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-05T11:29:36.69Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mims Davies more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Peter Grant more like this
1142697
star this property registered interest false more like this
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Children: Maintenance more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance her Department issues to (a) non-resident parents and (b) parents with care on changes to their child maintenance calculations when their case transfers from the Child Support Agency to the Child Maintenance Service. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Motherwell and Wishaw more like this
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Marion Fellows more like this
star this property uin 284195 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
star this property answer text <p>Ahead of closure Child Support Agency send customers a series of letters advising about their case closing and what they can do should they want child maintenance payments to continue. This advice includes making an advance application to the Child Maintenance Service, t o ensure there are no breaks in child maintenance.</p><p> </p><p>When the Child Support Agency case is closed, we write to non-resident parent during the stage where we are confirming the arrears position, to remind them of the amount we have worked out they owe. We advise them to contact us if they have any other relevant information which would impact this. A letter is then sent to receiving parent advising we have confirmed their balance of child maintenance. Where child maintenance is owed, we ask if the balance is correct and if they want their arrears written off or managed by Child Maintenance Service. Parents are provided with contact details to discuss their case, at all points.</p><p> </p><p>In cases where the arrears are moved to Child Maintenance Service, a letter is sent to both parties confirming their Child Support Agency case is fully closed. We also advise the unpaid child maintenance is now being managed by Child Maintenance Service. This provides the parent with the new telephone number they will need if they wish to contact Child Maintenance Service.</p><p> </p><p>Where there is a new Child Maintenance Service case, which was previously a Child Support Agency case, the calculation can change. This is because it is a fresh start under the new service, with new rules and data.</p><p> </p><p>At the outset of a Child Maintenance Service case, we issue an indicative calculation letter to the parents. This explains the new calculation, including the information used in the calculation. This provides opportunity for the non-resident parent to provide any further information that would impact the calculation. Following this we issue an initial calculation letter which confirms the calculation and the details used.</p><p> </p><p>Parents are advised they have the opportunity, throughout the application process and the life of the case as well as at annual review stage, to challenge the information used and request change.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Eastleigh more like this
star this property answering member printed Mims Davies more like this
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less than 2019-09-09T13:21:58.983Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T13:21:58.983Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mims Davies more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Marion Fellows more like this
1142828
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Children: Maintenance more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have had their (a) driving licence and (b) passport removed as a result of Child Maintenance Service enforcement measures. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Arfon more like this
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Hywel Williams more like this
star this property uin 284276 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-09-09more like thismore than 2019-09-09
star this property answer text <p>This information is not reported. However we do hold clerical data and can advise 15 driving licenses have been removed or suspended and 3 passports have been suspended.</p><p> </p><p>The information regarding committal orders, or sanctions as they are called in the Child Maintenance Service, are reported in our published statistics and can be on found table 11 of the tables document on the attached link:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/child-maintenance-service-august-2013-to-march-2019-experimental" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/child-maintenance-service-august-2013-to-march-2019-experimental</a></p><p> </p><p>We reported enforcement activities in our CSA statistics until September 2017 when we reduced the number of tables published because most CSA cases had been closed or had begun the Case Closure process. The last publication including the enforcement activities can be found on table 22 of the attached link:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/child-support-agency-quarterly-summary-of-statistics-june-2017" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/child-support-agency-quarterly-summary-of-statistics-june-2017</a></p>
star this property answering member constituency Eastleigh more like this
star this property answering member printed Mims Davies more like this
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less than 2019-09-09T12:45:51.803Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-09T12:45:51.803Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mims Davies more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Hywel Williams more like this
1142961
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Children: Maintenance more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what her Department's timescale is for notifying all parents who may be eligible to receive historical Child Support Agency arrears. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Glenrothes more like this
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Peter Grant more like this
star this property uin 284221 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-09-05more like thismore than 2019-09-05
star this property answer text <p>The Child Maintenance Service began writing to parents with historic CSA arrears in December 2018. We anticipate that we will have written to all eligible parents by August 2020.</p><p>The notice provides the parent with care an opportunity to make representation within 60 days if they want a last attempt made to collect their historic CSA arrears.</p><p><strong> </strong></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Eastleigh more like this
star this property answering member printed Mims Davies more like this
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less than 2019-09-05T15:50:51.62Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-05T15:50:51.62Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mims Davies more like this
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4466
unstar this property label Biography information for Peter Grant more like this
1143402
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Children: Maintenance more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to identify whether parents with claims for historical Child Support Agency arrears (a) are still residing at their last known address and (b) have moved to a new address. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Glenrothes more like this
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Peter Grant more like this
star this property uin 284527 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-09-06more like thismore than 2019-09-06
star this property answer text <p>Legally, it is the responsibility of the customer to inform us if their address changes and as part of preparing a case we are ensuring that any outstanding change of addresses are processed. If a customer has not informed us of a change but have informed another part of DWP or HMRC then their address should have been updated on the Customer Information Service (CIS), and then we will automatically be informed and the clients record updated accordingly.</p><p> </p><p>CSA will write to both parents at the most recent address we hold for them. If this is unsuccessful, we will attempt to trace them using the trace tools available to us. Trace activity would include using any information provided by the receiving parent on the representation letter in order to find the paying parents current location.</p><p> </p><p>If, at the point of issuing a representation letter to the customer, we hold a Dead Letter Office (DLO) or No Fixed Abode (NFA) address for the customer the system suspends the representation and flags to the case worker to conduct a trace action.</p><p> </p><p>If during representation a letter is returned DLO or NFA then the caseworker is instructed by procedures to suspend the representation and complete trace action.</p><p> </p><p>If trace action is successful then the address will be updated the representation period restarted. Only if trace action is unsuccessful would we then continue to write off CSA debts.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Eastleigh more like this
star this property answering member printed Mims Davies more like this
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less than 2019-09-06T13:30:30.097Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-06T13:30:30.097Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mims Davies more like this
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4466
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1143786
star this property registered interest false more like this
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Children: Maintenance more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 26 June 2019 to Question 267247 on Children: Maintenance, what assessment she has made of the effect on inequality in the constituent parts of the UK of calculating child maintenance liabilities using gross income. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Linlithgow and East Falkirk more like this
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Martyn Day more like this
star this property uin 285165 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-09-05more like thismore than 2019-09-05
star this property answer text <p>An assessment into the effect of the child maintenance calculation on inequality in different constituencies in the UK has not been conducted. Child maintenance is calculated as a percentage of a non-resident parent’s income, according to a formula that is intended to ensure that maintenance is affordable and adapts to changes in living costs over time.</p><p /><p><strong> </strong></p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Eastleigh more like this
star this property answering member printed Mims Davies more like this
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less than 2019-09-05T11:44:11.857Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-05T11:44:11.857Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mims Davies more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Martyn Day more like this
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Children: Maintenance more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much money was collected by the Child Maintenance Service through the (a) £20 application fee, (b) 4 per cent collection fee and (c) 20 per cent collection fee on non-resident parents in (i) Motherwell and Wishaw constituency, (ii) North Lanarkshire, and (iii) Scotland in the last twelve months. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Motherwell and Wishaw more like this
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Marion Fellows more like this
star this property uin 285335 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2019-09-06more like thismore than 2019-09-06
star this property answer text <p>We do not hold this information at a regional level.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Eastleigh more like this
star this property answering member printed Mims Davies more like this
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less than 2019-09-06T11:52:39.17Zmore like thismore than 2019-09-06T11:52:39.17Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mims Davies more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Marion Fellows more like this