§ Mr. Tony Banks
To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many cases of assessment for child maintenance have been dealt with in court since April 1993 in(a) the London borough of Newham and (b) Great Britain.
Mr. John M. Taylor
This information is readily available only for the county courts and the High Court in England and Wales. During the period April to December 1993, the number of children made subject to orders for child maintenance was:
- (a) 253 in the London borough of Newham
- (b) 23,235 in England and Wales.
These figures do not include lump sum and property orders which benefited children, as no separate categorisation of these cases is available.
Information relating to the magistrates courts for 1993 will not be available until May 1994.