§ Mr. Spellar
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what action his Department is taking to improve the average clearance time at child support appeal tribunals. 
§ Mr. Andrew Mitchell
In conjunction with the independent tribunal service, we are continually looking for ways to improve the clearance time on appeals. For example, the Child Support Agency has set up a central unit to deal with appeals which in the second half of 1995 processed twice as many appeals as in the first half.