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Mr. Edwards: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what powers the Child Support Agency has to obtain child support from a self-employed absent parent who has not contributed maintenance to a parent with care; and how these powers have been used in the case of Elaine Lanchbury, a constituent. 
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Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the number of people who have had their driving licences removed by the courts since April 2001 as a result of the provisions introduced under the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act 2000. 
Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average payment is made in child support maintenance by the non-resident parent under the CSA system for (a) one child, (b) two children and (c) three children. 
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|Number of qualifying children||Average per week (£)|
Includes nil assessments.
5 per cent. scan of the Child Support Computer System August 2001.
Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the (a) percentage and (b) number of non-resident parents who would see a reduction in their CSA child support maintenance liability under the April 2002 scheme. 
Malcolm Wicks: Based on an assessment made in 1998, had all cases transferred to the new child support scheme at that time, around 65 per cent. of non-resident parents in work would have seen a reduction in their child support liability. This amounts to approximately 425,000 cases. However, it is not possible to make a firm estimate of the impact on non-resident parents for 2003, five years later, given earnings growth and changes in family circumstances.
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff have been (a) redeployed and (b) retrained as a result of the introduction of Jobcentre Plus; and what his estimate is of the costs incurred by his Department in undertaking retraining programmes. 
Mr. Nicholas Brown: Approximately 4,000 staff are employed in the 56 Jobcentre Plus pathfinder offices that have opened since October 2001. The majority of these staff were perviously employed by either the Employment Service or the Benefits Agency. All have received some Jobcentre Plus specific training. The amount of training delivered to individual members of staff was largely dependent on their background and experience. The estimated cost of designing, implementing and delivering Jobcentre Plus training for all Jobcentre Plus pathfinder staff is £5 million.
Malcolm Wicks [holding answer 5 February 2002]: The movement to payment direct into bank and building society accounts assures a safe, convenient, more modern and efficient way of paying benefits and pensions and will bring very substantial savings. Against this, we will incur some additional costs which cannot yet be quantified, including payments to Post Office Ltd. which will depend
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Malcolm Wicks: The Department, together with the Inland Revenue and the Northern Ireland Social Security Agency, are close to finalising contractual terms with the Post Office for universal banking services. The amounts involved will be commercially confidential to the parties.
Brian Cotter: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether the Government have reached an agreement with the high street banks as to the level of funding that they will invest in the universal bank project. 
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many cases were the subject of rolling reviews in each of the last five years in determining the level of fraud in jobseeker's allowance and income support. 
The smaller sample size for 200102 was introduced as part of the move to a common sample for determining levels of fraud and customer error, and official error. The smaller sample size for 200203 is a result of the Department restructuring from 13 areas to 11 Government office regions. Neither of these reductions in sample size will result in a reduction in the confidence levels of the reported results.
|Reporting period||Sample size|
|October 1997 to September 1998||31,200|
|April 1998 to March 1999||31,200|
|April 1999 to March 2000||31,200|
|April 2000 to March 2001||31,200|
|April 2001 to March 2002||27,333|
|April 2002 to March 2003||26,900|
Area benefit reviews
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