Financial scrutiny of the Department for Work and Pensions

Inquiry status: concluded. Scrutiny with regular hearings. Committee took evidence on DWP Annual Report and Accounts with the Secretary of State on 5 November 2014.

The Work and Pensions Select Committee has responsibility for the financial scrutiny of the Department for Work and Pensions. This scrutiny is ongoing and is and carried out throughout the year.

The Committee regularly holds evidence sessions with relevant Ministers and the Secretary of State, and receives written evidence when appropriate.



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    • Reports and associated evidence – Reports of Committee inquires. This category may also include Special Reports where they are used by a Committee to bring matters relating to conduct of its business to the notice of the House.
    • Responses to Reports - Responses may be published as a Special Report, or as a Command Paper. They may also be appended to a Report should the Committee have substantial comments on the Response, in which case they can be found listed under Reports. 
    • Other oral and written evidence - Evidence taken by the Committee that has yet to or did not result in the publication of a Report. This includes transcripts of recent meetings.
    • Estimate Memoranda - An Estimate memorandum is an explanatory note that accompanies a government department’s estimate (a means by which a department seeks authority from Parliament for its spending plans).
    • Correspondence - Correspondence sent from or received by the Committee or its Chair.

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