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Welfare Reform

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 6th June 2007.

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Photo of Philip Hammond Philip Hammond Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

(1) whether Ministers and officials (a) in his Department and (b) in other Departments suggested amendments to David Freud's report on the welfare system prior to its publication;

(2) on how many occasions drafts of David Freud's report on the welfare system were shown to Ministers and officials (a) in his Department and (b) in other Departments prior to the report's publication;

(3) at what stage drafts of David Freud's report on the welfare system were first made available to (a) Ministers in his Department and (b) to Ministers in other Departments.

Photo of Jim Murphy Jim Murphy Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Work)

David Freud involved officials from across the Department in his review and drafts of the report were checked for consistency and factual accuracy prior to publication. Ministers and officials from other Government Departments were similarly asked to check the areas that related to their responsibilities.

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