§ Mr. Kirkwood
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what additional(a) staff and (b) money have been allocated to the Appeals Service in anticipation of the child support reforms. 
§ Maria Eagle
Additional funding of £1.7 million has been allocated for 2002–03. This sum includes the staffing costs for 50 additional staff. A further £398,000 has been allocated to implement the necessary changes to IT procedures, and develop new training material for staff and panel members, resulting from the new child support legislation.