HC Deb 14 May 1980 vol 984 cc519-20W
Mr. Marlow

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if, when a sponsor defaults from maintaining a dependent immigrant, and supplementary benefit is payable, what powers are available to recover this supplementary benefit and to monitor the overall amounts involved.

Mrs. Chalker

The liability which the Social Security Bill will impose on the sponsor will be enforceable by civil proceedings if he does not resume maintenance voluntarily. We are considering the statistics needed on these cases.