Formal Minutes

PROCEEDINGS OF THE COMMITTEE

WEDNESDAY 23 NOVEMBER 2005

Members present:

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

1. Efficiency Savings Programme in Jobcentre Plus inquiry

Resolved, That the Committee inquire into the Efficiency Savings Programme in Jobcentre Plus.

2.Jobcentre Plus Contact Centre and Child Support Agency Centre visit

Resolved, That the Committee visit Hastings, in connection with its inquiry into the Efficiency Savings Programme in Jobcentre Plus and in connection with its core task of monitoring the work of the Department's Executive Agencies.

3. Pensions inquiry

Resolved, That the Committee inquire into Pensions.

4.Overseas visit

Resolved, That the Committee either visit the Netherlands in connection with its inquiry into Incapacity Benefits and Pathways to Work or that the Committee visit Sweden in connection with its inquiry into Pensions and that the Chairman seek the approval of the Liaison Committee in connection with one or other of said visits.

5. Evidence session with Secretary of State

The Rt Hon John Hutton MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, gave oral evidence.

[Adjourned till Thursday 8 December at half-past Nine o'clock at the Council House, Derby.

Wednesday 30 November
The Committee visited Hastings, in connection with its inquiry into the Efficiency Savings Programme in Jobcentre Plus and in connection with its core task of monitoring the work of the Department's Executive Agencies, in accordance with the decision of the Committee on 23 November.