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Written Answers

Tuesday, 25th April 1995.

Child Support Agency

Lord Simon of Glaisdale asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What was the cost of setting up the Child Support Agency; and

    What have been the annual running costs of the Child Support Agency since its establishment; and

    What net savings to the Exchequer have accrued annually since the establishment of the Child Support Agency (i.e. net reductions in social services benefits payable in respect of parents with care, absent parents and all the children concerned less the annual cost of the Child Support Agency).

The Minister of State, Department of Social Security (Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish): The total cost of setting up the agency was approximately £146 million. This figure includes the 1992–93 cost of work transferred from the Benefits Agency to the Child

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Support Unit, the shadow Child Support Agency, in April 1992.

The annual accounts for the year ended 31 March 1994 were published on 28 November 1994. These included an expenditure statement prepared on an accruals basis and show that the net cost of operations during 1993–94 was £139 million. Similar accounts will be prepared for 1994–95 and published in the agency annual report.

During 1993–94 the agency achieved £418 million in benefit savings; a saving of £279 million net of the annual expenditure. Savings for 1994–95 will be published with the accounts in the annual report.

Transport Security: Annual Report

Lord Gainford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they will publish the 1993–94 Annual Report of the Director and Co-ordinator of Transport Security.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Transport (Viscount Goschen): I am today placing copies of this report in the Library of the House.

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