§ Mr. Barry Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many representations he has received from hon. Members concerning complaints and queries of constituents with regard to the Child Support Agency. 
§ Mr. Andrew Mitchell
Information collected on correspondence about the agency's work does not differentiate between complaints and inquiries or requests for information. I am therefore unable to provide specific information relating to the number of complaints received. The table shows the numbers of ministerial correspondence—excluding correspondence principally concerning child support policy issues—received each year since the launch of the Child Support Agency.
Number 1993–94 6,275 1994–95 1,349 1995–96 1,465 1996–97 (April-August) 688 1 This is an aggregate figure of chief executive correspondence and ministerial correspondence; separate details for ministerial and chief executive correspondence are not available for 1993–94.