HC Deb 30 June 2003 vol 408 cc78-9W
Andy King

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions who the members are of the technical committee advising the Department on the next steps following the publication of 'Preliminary conclusions-measuring child poverty'. [121213]

Maria Eagle

'Measuring Child Poverty Consultation: preliminary conclusions' was published in May 2003. This outlines recommendations and next steps based on a thorough analysis of the responses to the consultation. It is available in the Library.

The report states that further technical work is necessary before finalising any new measure of child poverty and that we intend to publish final conclusions by the end of 2003. As this technical work is of a highly methodological nature, we have asked a small group of academics to assist in this work. These academics are experts in issues pertaining to poverty measurement.

They are: Sir Tony Atkinson (University of Oxford); Jonathan Bradshaw (University of York and Family Budget Unit); Alissa Goodman (Institute of Fiscal Studies); John Hills (London School of Economics); Stephen McKay (University of Bristol); and Chris Whelan (Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin).