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CHILD SUPPORT ACT

EDM (Early Day Motion) 36: tabled on 15 November 1995

Tabled in the 1995-96 session.

This motion has been signed by 31 Members. It has received 2 amendments.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Amendments to this motion

There have been 2 amendments submitted to this motion.

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Motion text

That this House, while firmly supporting the principle that parents should honour their obligations to their children, no longer believes that the best interests of children are served by the Child Support Act 1991; notes that the report Losing Support, commissioned by NSPCC and four other children's charities, concluded that the Child Support Act had done nothing to improve the well-being of children in lone parent families and that, in some cases, the distress and material losses which were experienced by a number of children were damaging; notes further that the Act is harming the creation of new and viable family units; notes that in addition the Agency is less efficient at the collection of maintenance than the Liable Relatives Unit that it replaced and is incapable of producing prompt and accurate maintenance assessments and that for these and other reasons believes the Child Support Act has lost the confidence of the country; and therefore calls upon the Government to repeal the Act, return on a temporary basis tothe previous court system for the settlement of maintenance issues, revive the Liable Releatives Unit and then consult widely on the best way to implement a comprehensive family court system which will allow genuine consistency across all matters of family policy, flexibility into maintenance assessment and foster co-operation between the parties to the benefit of all concerned.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Carlile, Alex
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 November 1995
Montgomery
Chidgey, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 November 1995
Eastleigh
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 22 November 1995
Barnsley West and Penistone
Cox, Tom
Labour
Signed on 20 November 1995
Tooting
Cummings, John
Labour
Signed on 21 November 1995
Easington
Davies, Chris
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 November 1995
Littleborough and Saddleworth
Foster, Mr Don
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 November 1995
Bath
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 November 1995
North Devon
Johnston, Sir Russell
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 January 1996
Inverness, Nairn and Lochaber
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 16 November 1995
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Jones, Mr Nigel
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 November 1995
Cheltenham
Keen, Alan
Labour
Signed on 9 January 1996
Feltham and Heston
Kirkwood, Sir Archy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 November 1995
Roxburgh and Berwickshire
Livingstone, Mr Ken
Labour
Signed on 16 November 1995
Brent East
Michie, Mrs Ray
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 17 November 1995
Argyll and Bute
O'Hara, Mr Edward
Labour
Signed on 22 November 1995
Knowsley South
Olner, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 29 January 1996
Nuneaton
Pickthall, Mr Colin
Labour
Signed on 23 November 1995
West Lancashire
Rendel, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 November 1995
Newbury
Soley, Mr Clive
Labour
Signed on 21 November 1995
Hammersmith
Tyler, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 November 1995
North Cornwall
Wallace, Mr Jim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 November 1995
Orkney and Shetland
Wise, Mrs Audrey
Labour
Signed on 6 February 1996
Preston

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.

After a motion has been tabled, other Members can table amendments to it. Amendments to this motion are shown below.

CHILD SUPPORT ACT (Amendment 1)
after `Act', insert `in the current session of Parliament'.
Labour, Bolsover
20
signatures
EDM 36A1: tabled on 21 November 1995
CHILD SUPPORT ACT (Amendment 2)
leave out from 'House' to end and add ' firmly supports the principle that parents should honour their obligations to their children and believes that the provisions of the Child Support Act 1991 and subsequent child support legislation are the best way to ensure that all parents make adequate provisions to the best of their abilty for all their children; notes that the CSA's figures for the first six months of this year show that considerable progress has been made in collecting, arranging and assessing maintenance as well as in accuracy and speed of payment; further notes that a few honourable Members (principally Liberal Democrats) continue to provide a mouthpiece for fringe organisations seeking to frustrate the will of Parliament as expressed in child support legislation, and is surprised that in referring to a report now well over twelve months old, honourable Members present an entirely unbalanced and inaccurate picture which ignores all the recent progress which the CSA has made in improving its performance .'.
Conservative, South West Cambridgeshire
32
signatures
EDM 36A2: tabled on 22 February 1996