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Welfare Reform Bill

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Ann McKechin Ann McKechin Labour, Glasgow North

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what discussions (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have had with the Secretary of State for Scotland on the Scottish Parliament's request for oral evidence on the Welfare Reform Bill.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

Neither the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, nor any Ministers in the Department, have had any direct discussions with the Secretary of State for Scotland, about the Scottish Parliament's request for oral evidence on the Welfare Reform Bill.

However, the Department keeps in regular contact with the Scottish Government on the subject of welfare reform at both ministerial and official levels.

Officials in the Department contacted the Scotland Office to discuss the invitations received to appear before Scottish Committees.

One of the Department's senior officials gave evidence on the Welfare Reform Bill to the Health and Sport Committee on 22 November 2011.

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