Below is the text of Mr Major’s written Parliamentary Answer on the Social Security Advisory Committee on 27th October 1986.
Mrs. Beckett Asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what organisations are regularly consulted by the Social Security Advisory Committee, the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council and the Occupational Pensions Board, respectively.
Mr. Major When regulations are referred to the Social Security Advisory Committee, the committee generally initiates a consultation exercise in which all interested parties are invited to apply for copies of the consultation document and to submit representations. I understand that the committee maintains several lists of organisations with an interest in social security matters; a main list and six secondary lists grouped under subject headings. For each consultation exercise, organisations are selected from the secondary lists according to the subject of the regulations and a copy of the consultation document is sent to these selected organisations and to all those on the main list. All the lists are regularly updated and I have placed a copy of the current version in the Library, together with lists of the organisations regularly consulted by the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council and the Occupational Pensions Board.