HC Deb 17 March 1983 vol 39 c241W
1982. Miss Richardson

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many men were taken to court by his Department for non-payment of maintenance in (a) 1980, (b) 1981 and (c)

Mr. Newton

The table indicates the total of civil actions and prosecutions by the Department in each of the years requested so far as it is available. Separate information is not held in respect of men and women, but the cases almost invariably involve action against men in connection with their liability to provide maintenance.

Year Civil Proceedings (Supplementary Benefit Act 1976, Sections 18 and 19) Criminal Prosecution (Supplementary Benefit Act 1976 Section 25)
1980 1420 759
1981 2361 593
1982 1859 *
* Not yet available.

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