§ Mr. Forsythe
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Child Support Agency cases were finalised by the Belfast Office of the Agency between 1 April 1996 and 1 April 1997. 
§ Mr. Worthington
Responsibility for the subject in question has been delegated to the Northern Ireland Child Support Agency under its Chief Executive, Mr. Patrick Devlin. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.
Letter from Pat Devlin to Mr. Clifford Forsythe, dated 11 June 1997:I am replying to your Parliamentary Question about the number of cases finalised by the Belfast Office between 1 April 1996 and 1 April 1997.The number of applications cleared by the Northern Ireland Child Support Agency between 1 April 1996 and 31 March 1997 was as follows:
Number Applications assessed 4,335 Applications cleared without assessment 5,299 Total 9,634