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Child Support Agency And Parliament

EDM number 1307 in 1993-94, proposed by John Spellar on 25/05/1994.

That this House notes that the honourable Member for Paisley South wrote to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Social Security on 29th March 1994 on behalf of a constituent who was experiencing great difficulties at the hands of the Child Support Agency and that the Minister referred the letter to Ros Hepplewhite, Chief Executive of the Agency, for reply; further notes that on 12th April, the honourable Member for Paisley South supplemented his original letter with medical evidence provided by his constituent's general practitioner; is appalled that Mr A. Bowman, the Manager of the Child Support Agency Centre at Falkirk, replied on 12th May that the rules of confidentiality prevented him from discussing the case; demands to know what rules of confidentiality preclude a paid officer of an executive agency from allowing an honourable Member to represent a constituent; believes that the Child Support Agency increasingly operates as a law unto itself, and appears to have the consent of Ministers in the Department of Social Security in holding itself beyond account to Parliament; and calls for an immediate, independent and thorough investigation into the operation of the Agency.

This motion has been signed by a total of 57 MPs.

John Spellar25/05/1994Warley WestProposed
Jimmy Dunnachie25/05/1994Glasgow, PollokSigned
Tommy Graham25/05/1994Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
Irene Adams25/05/1994Paisley NorthSigned
Alan Meale26/05/1994MansfieldSigned
Eric Clarke26/05/1994MidlothianSigned
Harry Barnes26/05/1994North East DerbyshireSigned
Tom Cox14/06/1994TootingSigned
Audrey Wise14/06/1994PrestonSigned
Win Griffiths14/06/1994BridgendSigned
Lynne Jones14/06/1994Birmingham, Selly OakSigned
Colin Pickthall14/06/1994West LancashireSigned
Paul Murphy15/06/1994TorfaenSigned
Tony Worthington15/06/1994Clydebank & MilngavieSigned
Mike Watson15/06/1994Glasgow CentralSigned
Hugh Bayley15/06/1994York, City ofSigned
Andrew Faulds15/06/1994Warley EastSigned
John Evans15/06/1994St Helens NorthSigned
Michael Connarty15/06/1994Falkirk EastSigned
Keith Bradley15/06/1994Manchester, WithingtonSigned
Edward O'Hara15/06/1994Knowsley SouthSigned
Ken Livingstone15/06/1994Brent EastSigned
John Heppell15/06/1994Nottingham EastSigned
Alan Simpson15/06/1994Nottingham SouthSigned
Terry Patchett15/06/1994Barnsley EastSigned
Eric Illsley16/06/1994Barnsley CentralSigned
Tony Banks16/06/1994Newham North WestSigned
Norman Godman16/06/1994Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
Maria Fyfe16/06/1994Glasgow, MaryhillSigned
Alistair Darling16/06/1994Edinburgh CentralSigned
Jim Cunningham16/06/1994Coventry South EastSigned
Michael Clapham16/06/1994Barnsley West & PenistoneSigned
William McKelvey16/06/1994Kilmarnock & LoudounSigned
John McAllion16/06/1994Dundee EastSigned
Alice Mahon16/06/1994HalifaxSigned
Peter Hardy16/06/1994WentworthSigned
Alex Salmond16/06/1994Banff & BuchanSigned
Ernie Ross16/06/1994Dundee WestSigned
Bill Michie16/06/1994Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Harry Cohen17/06/1994LeytonSigned
Jim Wallace20/06/1994Orkney & ShetlandSigned
Neil Gerrard20/06/1994WalthamstowSigned
Jim Dowd20/06/1994Lewisham WestSigned
Elfyn Llwyd20/06/1994Meirionnydd Nant ConwySigned
Roy Hughes20/06/1994Newport EastSigned
Gerry Steinberg21/06/1994Durham, City ofSigned
Martyn Jones22/06/1994Clwyd South WestSigned
Mike Hall22/06/1994Warrington SouthSigned
John Denham23/06/1994Southampton, ItchenSigned
Bill Etherington23/06/1994Sunderland NorthSigned
Greg Pope30/06/1994HyndburnSigned
Jack Thompson30/06/1994WansbeckSigned
Dennis Turner30/06/1994Wolverhampton South EastSigned
Jamie Cann01/07/1994IpswichSigned
Dale Campbell-Savours07/07/1994WorkingtonSigned
Mike Gapes20/07/1994Ilford SouthSigned
Joe Benton20/07/1994BootleSigned

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