HC Deb 04 June 1996 vol 278 c317W
Ms Lynne

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what representations his Department has(a) made to and (b) received from the university of Loughborough in the last year on matters relating to potential research into child support issues. [30684]

Mr. Andrew Mitchell

The centre for research in social policy at the university of Loughborough has been commissioned to evaluate a Benefits Agency/Employment Service scheme for lone parents which touches on child support matters.

CRSP was also invited to tender for research into the departures pilot scheme but was unsuccessful.

A possible survey of absent parents was under negotiation with CRSP, but further commissioning work has been postponed until after the departures scheme has been introduced and has had time to deal with a significant number of cases.