Scottish Affairs Committee Press Notice

Announcement 20 of Session 2007-08

24 April 2008

Child poverty in Scotland debate in House of Commons

MPs will debate issues relating to child poverty in Scotland on Thursday 1 May 2008 in the House of Commons.

The Scottish Affairs Committee published its report on Child Poverty in Scotland in February. In the report, the Committee welcomed the progress made in reducing child poverty but called for the welfare system to be simplified so that support reaches those families most in need.

The Chairman of the Scottish Affairs Committee, Mr Mohammad Sarwar MP, said at the time of report that the cycle of deprivation in Scotland needed to be broken and that urgent action must be taken. Commenting ahead of Thursday’s debate, he said:

“I am pleased that this important issue will be debated by MPs in the Commons. It is vital that child poverty in Scotland remains high on the Westminster agenda and this is an opportunity for all MPs to have their say.”    


Notes for editors:

Committee Membership is as follows:

Mr Mohammad Sarwar MP (Lab, Glasgow Central) (Chairman),  Alistair Carmichael MP (Lib Dem, Orkney and Shetland), Ms Katy Clark MP (Lab, North Ayrshire and Arran), Mr Ian Davidson MP (Lab/Co-operative, Glasgow South West), Mr Jim Devine MP (Lab, Livingston), Mr Jim McGovern MP (Lab, Dundee West), Mr John MacDougall MP (Lab, Glenrothes), Mr Angus MacNeil MP (SNP, Na h-Eileanan An Iar), David Mundell MP (Con, Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale), Mr Charles Walker MP (Con, Broxbourne) and  Mr Ben Wallace MP (Con, Lancaster and Wyre)

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