§ Mr. Win Griffiths
To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what considerations led to the inclusion of payments for child maintenance ordered by the courts under the Children Act 1975 or the Children Act 1989 as being eligible for deduction against gross income when calculating residual income for mandatory grant assessment purposes and the exclusion of payments for child maintenance made under the Child Support Act 1991;
(2) how many parents benefit from the provision in the Education (Mandatory Awards) (No. 2) Regulations 1993 enabling the deduction from gross income of child maintenance payments ordered in the courts in order to calculate residual income for grant purposes.