Formal Minutes

Members present:

Miss Anne Begg

Harry Cohen

Mr Philip Dunne

Michael Jabez Foster

Justine Greening

Mrs Joan Humble

John Penrose

Mr Terry Rooney

 Jenny Willott

1. Declaration of interests

Members disclosed their interests, pursuant to the resolution of the House of 13 July 1992.

2. Chairmanship

Mr Terry Rooney was called to the Chair.

3. The Committee's Business

Ordered, That the public be admitted during the examination of witnesses unless the Committee otherwise orders.

Ordered, That the Committee will not inquire into individual cases.

Ordered, That the Committee staff are authorized to provide an informal indication of lines of questioning to witnesses.

4. Draft Special Report (publishing the Government response to the Third and Fourth Reports of Session 2004-05)

Draft Special Report [Pension Credit and Delivery of Services to Ethnic Minority Clients: Government Responses to the Committee's 3rd and 4th  Reports of Session 2004-05], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 3 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report, be the First Special Report of the Committee to the House.

Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That the Government's response to the Third Report from the Committee in Session 2004-05 [Pension Credit] and the Fourth Report in session 2004-05 [Delivery of Services to Ethnic Minority Clients] be appended to the Report.

5. The Committee's programme of work

The Committee considered this matter.

Resolved, That the Committee take evidence from the Rt Hon  David Blunkett MP, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

Resolved, That the Committee travel on an 'Away-Day' as part of preparation for its programme of work in the new Parliament.

Resolved, That the Committee take evidence from the Child Support Agency.

Resolved, That the Committee take evidence on the Pension Protection Fund and Financial Assistance Scheme.

Resolved, That the Committee take evidence from the Health and Safety Executive.

Resolved, That the Committee take evidence from Jobcentre Plus.

Resolved, That the Committee take evidence from the Disability and Carers Service.

Resolved, That the Committee visit DWP and related agency Offices, in connection with its work of general scrutiny.

Resolved, That the Committee inquire into Incapacity Benefit Reform and Pathways to Work.

6. Appointment of Sub-committee

Ordered, That a Sub-committee on Corporate Manslaughter be appointed to consider the draft Corporate Manslaughter Bill jointly with the Home Affairs Sub-committee.

Ordered, That all of the members of the Committee be members of the Sub-committee.

Ordered, That Mr Terry Rooney be Chairman of the Sub-committee.

Resolved, That the Chairman of the Sub-committee take practical decisions about arrangements for the first meeting over the recess.

Ordered, That those who submit memoranda in relation to the Sub-committee's inquiry into the draft Corporate Manslaughter Bill have leave to publish them in accordance with the provisions of Standing Order No. 135(1) (Witnesses and evidence (select committees)), except in cases of particular sensitivity, where the Clerk is authorized to refer the matter to the Sub-committee for decision, and unless the Sub-committee otherwise orders.

[Adjourned till Wednesday 12 October at a quarter past Nine o'clock.


19 July 2005

Miss Anne Begg declared a donation to her constituency party from the GMB trade union.

Harry Cohen declared an interest as a member of the UCATT Parliamentary Panel.

Mr Philip Dunne declared the following: directorships - Baronsmead VCT - 4 - PLC, Non Executive Director, Venture Capital Trust and Ottakar's plc, Non Executive Director and Chairman, Retail Bookseller; remunerated employment - Gatley Farms, partner, farming partnership and Ruffer LLP, designated Member and Non Executive Representative on its Management Board, Investment Managers; donation of items auctioned at fund raising event - Mr Roger and Mrs Annie Gabb and Mr James Hepworth and donations by way of purchase of items auctioned at fund raising event - Rosemary, Lady Boyne, Mr John and Mrs Julia Morrell, Mr John Nesbit, Mr Rhoderick and Mrs Georgina Swire and Mr Merlin and Mrs Karen Unwin; land and property - Gatley Park Estate and Hatchlands; shareholdings - Baronsmead VCT 4 PLC, Capita Financial Managers - Buxton Fund, CF Odey European Fund and Ottaker's plc; and miscellaneous - Moor Park Charitable Trust Ltd, Director (unremunerated), educational charity and South Shropshire District Council, Councillor (remuneration waved from May 2005); and as the holder of a personal pension fund.

Michael Jabez Foster declared an interest as consultant to a firm of solicitors, Messrs. Fynmores of Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex.

Justine Greening declared donations to her constituency party from the United and Cecil Club, Lord Ashcroft, the Greater London Conservative Women's Committee, Mr Tony  Yerolemou, Councillor Ryan Robson, Councillor Nadim Zahawi and Viscount Caldecote.

Mrs Joan Humble declared a donation to her constituency party from the Transport and General Workers Union, North West Region.

John Penrose declared the following: directorships - non-executive chairman, Logotron Ltd., educational software company; sponsorship or financial or material support - donations to constituency party at the 2005 General Election from Mr David Sacof, Winscombe, Alice Findlay, London, Christopher Fenwick, London and Mr Michael Ashworth, London; land and property - house in Somerset and part share of house in France; registrable shareholdings in Logotron Ltd and Credit Market Analysis, a financial information publishing company.

Mr Terry Rooney stated that he had no interests to declare.

Jenny Willott stated that she had no interests to declare.