Scottish Affairs Committee Press Notice

Announcement 6 of Session 2007-08

12 December 2007

Scottish Affairs Committee launches Poverty in Scotland Report

The Scottish Affairs Committee will publish its Second Report of Session 2007-08 on Poverty in Scotland (HC 128-I) on Monday 17 December 2007 at 10.30 a.m at the Pearce Institute, Glasgow.

This event will be an opportunity to hear the Committee Chairman, Mr Mohammed Sarwar MP, give an overview of the inquiry. Other members of the Committee will also be present to give their views on issues raised in the report.

Over the course of the last year the Committee has heard a wide range of evidence from a huge variety of witnesses. Key issues such as child poverty, the different challenges for urban and rural communities, fuel poverty and debt have been explored and the Committee has investigated the effectiveness of Government policy and its co-ordination with the work of the Scottish Executive in the fight against poverty.

The event will begin at 10.30am in the Fairfield Hall, The Pearce Institute ( If you wish to attend please email or telephone 020 7219 2173 / 6125.

Embargoed copies of the report will be available on Friday 14 December at midday.

Witnesses, government departments and accredited members of the press who wish to pick up a copy of the report  from 7 Millbank should contact the Committee by email ( or call 020 7219 2173. Otherwise, witnesses' copies of the Report will be posted to them. The full text will be available on the Committee’s website on the day of publication.

For all media inquiries, please contact Becky Jones, Media Adviser, on 020 7219 5693.


1.   Committee Membership is as follows: Mr Mohammad Sarwar MP (Lab, Glasgow Central) (Chairman),  Danny Alexander MP (Lib Dem, Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey), 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 David Hamilton MP (Lab, Midlothian), 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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