asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many staff of his Department are currently engaged in the social security review.
Many staff in the Department are engaged, directly or indirectly, in the work of the review. No central record is kept of the total number who are involved.
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what consultations he has had with the private sector pensions and insurance industry as part of the review of social security.
All the major representative bodies in the pensions and insurance industries were specifically invited to submit written evidence to the inquiry into provision for retirement. Most did so, as did many individual companies and people working in those industries. In addition, five representative bodies gave oral evidence at two public sessions each, and two individual companies each took part in one public session.
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement about the further progress of his social security review.
We are currently considering our conclusions and will announce our proposals as soon as possible.