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Work and Pensions Committee Announcement

Work and Pensions Committee Announcement

Work and Pensions Committee

 Select Committee Announcement

19 April 2012

For Immediate Release:

AN74 2010–12



Committee to take evidence on changes to the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC)


Wednesday 25 April 2012, Committee Room 16, House of Commons

At 1.30 pm

 Department for Work and Pensions:

  • Maria Miller MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State
  • Noel Shanahan, Commissioner and Chief Executive, Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission

The Work and Pensions Committee will take oral evidence on the Government’s plans to abolish CMEC and to transfer its functions into the Department for Work and Pensions.

The formal proposals for this process will be set out in a draft Order to be laid by the DWP under the Public Bodies Act 2011.

The Committee will also use the evidence session to follow up with the Minister some the recommendations in its report published in July 2011 on the Government’s proposed child maintenance reforms.


Further information

The Committee’s report on the Government’s proposed child maintenance reforms is the Fifth Report of Session 2010-12, HC 1074.

The Government’s response to the Committee’s report is the Eight Special Report of Session 2010-12, HC 1727.

Both documents are available on the Committee’s website at


Committee membership:

Dame Anne Begg MP (Chair) (Lab, Aberdeen South), Mrs Debbie Abrahams MP (Oldham East and Saddleworth), Harriett Baldwin MP (Con, West Worcestershire), Andrew Bingham MP (Con, High Peak), Karen Bradley MP (Con, Staffordshire Moorlands), Sheila Gilmore (Lab, Edinburgh East),  Mr Oliver Heald MP (Con, North East Hertfordshire), Glenda Jackson MP (Lab, Hampstead and Highgate), Brandon Lewis MP, (Con, Great Yarmouth), Stephen Lloyd MP (Lib Dem, Eastbourne), Teresa Pearce MP (Lab, Erith and Thamesmead)


Specific Committee 020 7219 2839

Media Information: 020 7219 2003

Committee Website:

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Publications/Reports/Reference Material:

Copies of all select committee reports are available from the Parliamentary Bookshop (12 Bridge St, Westminster, 020 7219 3890) or the Stationery Office (0845 7023474).  Committee reports, press releases, evidence transcripts, Bills; research papers, a directory of MPs, plus Hansard (from 8am daily) and much more, can be found on

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