Sessional Returns Session 1997-98 - Contents


31. Social Security

  

The Committee was nominated on 14 July 1997.

It had 11 Members and held 51 meetings.



MembersMeetings attended

Kirkwood, Mr Archy (Chairman)49
Buck, Ms Karen41
Coaker, Mr Vernon (added, 9.11.98)0
Dismore, Mr Andrew (added, 9.11.98)0
Flight, Mr Howard (added, 20.7.98)5
Foster, Mr Michael (Hastings and Rye) (added 9.11.98)0
Gibb, Mr Nick (discharged, 20.7.98)28
Goggins, Mr Paul (added, 28.11.97)(discharged, 9.11.98)36
Hewitt, Ms Patricia (discharged, 9.11.98)39
Humble, Mrs Joan (added, 9.11.98)0
Kirkbride, Miss Julie38
Leigh, Mr Edward42
McDonagh, Siobhain (discharged, 28.11.97) 5
Mountford, Kali (added, 9.11.98)0
Pond, Mr Chris42
Roy, Mr Frank (discharged, 9.11.98)34
Stuart, Ms Gisela (discharged, 9.11.98)45
Wicks, Mr Malcolm (discharged, 9.11.98)47

Overall attendance:   78.8 %

Number of Members added:  7

Number of Members discharged:  7

Turnover of membership during the Session:   64 %

Staff

Committee Clerk: Mr L C Laurence Smyth, Grade 5.

Other Committee staff: Ms J Hughes, Assistant Clerk, Grade A3 (from 1 October 1997 until 23 January 1998); Mr P A Shelley, Assistant Clerk, Grade A3 (from 1 October 1998); Mr A Brazier, Specialist Assistant, Grade 8 (until 31 July 1998); Ms J Allbeson, Specialist Assistant, Grade 8 (from 2 October 1998); Mrs D B Nelson, Higher Executive Officer; Grade 10, Ms L Booth, Secretary, Grade 13 (until 17 June 1997); Mrs L Andrews, Secretary, Grade 13 (from 18 June 1997 until 13 July 1997); Mrs J Kalogerides, Secretary, Grade 13 (from 14 July 1997 until 27 September 1998) and Ms M Sullivan, Secretary, Grade 13 (from 28 September 1998).

Specialist Advisers during the Session

Professor Jonathan Bradshaw, Mr Chris Giles, Ms Marilyn Howard, Mr Allan Martin, and Ms Maggie Rae.

Witnesses

Oral evidence was given during the Session by the following categories of witnesses:

Number of appearances by:-

Cabinet Ministers:  1

Other Ministers:  6 (of which 2 were by a Member of the House of Lords)

Number of appearances by officials from, or representatives of:-

Department of Social Security:  12

other departments:  10

comprising:- Treasury  4

Inland Revenue  4

Lord Chancellor's Department  2

executive agencies:  9

 comprising:- Benefits Agency  9

Child Support Agency  1

non-departmental public bodies:  4

comprising:- Disability Living Allowance Advisory Board  4

Appearances by other witnesses:  70 (of whom 1 was a Member of the House of Lords)

Overseas Visits

  Date

  Destination

  Members

  Staff

  Purpose

  Cost

30.11-6.12.97

Washington DC and Wisconsin,U.S.A.

9

2

Social Security Reforms: Lessons from the United States of America

£51,451.46

.

Visits to European Institutions in Brussels and Strasbourg

  Date

  Destination

  Members

  Staff

  Purpose

  Cost

3.3.98

European Commission, Brussels

5

2

Meetings with UKREP and European Commission Officials

£3,262.11

UK Visits

Date

Destination

Members

Staff

Purpose

Cost

14-15.10.97

Leeds and Newcastle

9

5

Benefits Agency and Contributions Agency

£3,018.91

23.2.98

Kensington

6

4

Constituency visit

£150.00

2.3.98

Birmingham

7

3

Constituency visit

£557.25

27.7.98

ICL Pathway, Feltham, Middx.

3

1

Briefing on benefit payment card

£51.00

20.10.98

Blackpool and Preston

3

3

Visit to Family Credit operations

£1,031.37

Reports and Minutes of Evidence  

  Title

HC No.

(1997-98)

Date of

publication

No. of

pages

Sale price

  Government

  reply


First Report: Tax and Benefits: An Interim Report

283

24.11.97

358

£25.67

Not required

Second Report: Social Security Reforms: Lessons from the United States of America

552

18.2.98

71

£10.60

Not required

Third Report: Tax and Benefits: Pre-Budget Report

423

11.3.98

156

£17.00

Received 19.5.98 published as First Special Report, Session 1997-98

Fourth Report: Disability Living Allowance

641

20.5.98

204

£19.50

Cm 4007, 23.7.98

Fifth Report: Pensions on Divorce

869

28.10.98

277

£22.00

Reply awaited

First Special Report: Government's Response to Third Report from the Committee, Session 1997-98, Tax and Benefits: Pre-Budget Report

756

22.5.98

4

£1.45

Not applicable

Minutes of Evidence: Pensions

516-i

13.3.98

18

£4.75

Not applicable

Minutes of Evidence: The Case for Social Security Reform

587-i

1.4.98

20

£5.50

Not applicable

Minutes of Evidence: Welfare Reform Green Paper and the Department of Social Security Departmental Report

587-ii

1.6.98

31

£7.00

Not applicable

Minutes of Evidence: Active Modern Service

587-iii

25.6.98

26

£6.20

Not applicable

Minutes of Evidence: Success Measures

777-i

24.6.98

21

£5.50

Not applicable


777-ii

21.7.98

27

£6.20

Not applicable

Minutes of Evidence: Child Benefit Fraud

1021-i

29.9.98

32

£8.00

Not applicable

Minutes of Evidence: Child Support

1031-i

15.9.98

20

£5.50

Not applicable

Divisions

  Date

Subject

4.3.98

13.5.98


Seven, on consideration of amendments to Chairman's draft Report on Tax and Benefits: Pre-Budget Report.

Two, on consideration of amendments to Chairman's draft Report on Disability Living Allowance.

Debates

The following Reports were referred to on the Order Paper as being relevant to debates in the House:

First Report, 1997-98, Tax and Benefits: An Interim Report, on a Government motion for the Adjournment (debate on Welfare to Work), 19.12.98

Third Report, 1997-98, Tax and Benefits: Pre-Budget Report, debate on the Budget Resolutions,17,18,19, and 23.3.98  

Fourth Report, 1997-98, Disability Living Allowance, on a Government motion for the Adjournment of the House on a Wednesday morning, under Standing Order No. 10(4), 17.6.98  

Evidence

Oral evidence was taken at 33 of the Committee's 51 meetings. On 1 of these occasions evidence was taken partly or wholly in private. The Committee received 304 memoranda, of which 34 came from Government departments and 10 from associated public bodies. The Committee published 124 memoranda.



Inquiry

No. of oral evidence sessions

No. of memoranda received

No. of memoranda received from Government departments/

executive agencies/ associated public bodies

No. of memoranda published

No. of memoranda made available in the Record Office for public use and placed in the Library

Tax and Benefits: An Interim Report

3

47

1/0/0

34

0

Tax and Benefits: Pre-Budget Report

6

35

0/0/0

11

9

Tax and Benefits: Implementation of Tax Credits

4

30

3/0/0

19

9

Disability Living Allowance

4

35

7/0/10

22

1

Pensions on Divorce

8

59

10/0/0

31

5

Child Benefit Fraud

1

19

1/0/0

1

0

Child Support

1

3

1/0/0

1

0

Pensions

1

13

0/0/0

1

0

Success Measures

2

47

1/0/0

2

0

Departmental Report and Green Paper

1

1

1/0/0

1

0

Active Modern Service

1

1

0/0/0

0

0

Other

0

14

9/0/0

1

1

Total

33

304

34/0/10

124

25



 
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