Formal Minutes

PROCEEDINGS OF THE COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY 11 OCTOBER 2006

Members present:

Mr Terry Rooney, in the Chair
Miss Anne Begg
Harry Cohen
Mrs Natascha Engel
Michael Jabez Foster
Justine Greening
Mrs Joan Humble
Greg Mulholland
John Penrose
Jenny Willot

1. The Committee's future programme

The Committee considered this matter.

Resolved, That the Committee conduct a short inquiry on the draft report to be presented under Section 82 of the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999 in connection with the Employment and Support Allowance submitted by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Resolved, That the Committee conduct a short inquiry on the Government's White Paper on child support reform once published.

Resolved, That the Committee hold hearings on the Government's proposals to establish a system of pensions 'personal accounts' once published.

2. Report under Section 82 of the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999

The Committee considered this matter.

3. Employment Strategy inquiry

The Committee considered this matter.

Resolved, That the Committee seek Memoranda from the National Employment Panel and the Ethnic Minority Advisory Group.

Resolved, That details of the forthcoming research of the Equal Opportunities Commission - contained in its Memorandum to the Inquiry - be kept confidential until December.

Resolved, That the Committee take evidence in Glasgow from Professor Ivan Turok and Professor Alan MacGregor, followed by Glasgow City Council, the Wise Group and Equal Access to Employment and One Plus.

4. Fifth International Research Conference on Social Security

Resolved, That the Committee apply to the Liaison Committee for funds for a delegation to attend the fifth International Research Conference on Social Security, to be held in Warsaw between 5 and 7 March 2007.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 18 October at a quarter past Nine o'clock