The Work and Pensions Committee is appointed to examine
on behalf of the House of Commons the expenditure, administration
and policy of the Department for Work and Pensions (and any associated
public bodies). Its constitution and powers are set out in the
House of Commons Standing Order No. 152.
The Committee has a maximum of eleven members, of
whom the quorum for any formal proceedings is three. The members
of the Committee are appointed by the House and unless discharged
remain on the Committee until the next dissolution of Parliament.
The membership of the Committee since its nomination
on 16 July 2001 has been as follows:
Miss Anne Begg
Ms Karen Buck
Mr Andrew Dismore
Mr Paul Goodman
Mrs Joan Humble
Mr Andrew Mitchell
Mr Andrew Selous
Mr David Stewart
Mr Archy Kirkwood was elected Chairman on 18 July 2001.
The Committee has the power to require the submission
of written evidence and documents, to examine witnesses, and to
make Reports to the House.
The Committee may meet at any time (except when Parliament
is prorogued or dissolved) and at any place within the United
Kingdom. The Committee may meet concurrently with other committees
or sub-committees established under Standing Order No. 152 for
the purpose of deliberating, taking evidence or considering draft
reports and with the House's European Scrutiny Committee (or any
of its sub-committees) or the Environmental Audit Committee for
the purpose of deliberating or taking evidence. The Committee
may exchange documents and evidence with any of these committees,
as well as with the House's Public Accounts and Deregulation Committees.
The Reports and evidence of the Committee are published
by The Stationery Office by Order of the House. All publications
of the Committee (including press notices) are on the internet
All correspondence should be addressed to The Clerk
of the Social Security Committee, 7 Millbank, London, SW1A 3JP.
The telephone number for general enquiries is: 020 7219 5833;
the Committee's e-mail address is: [email protected]