Department for Work and Pensions
June 16 2003 - Following Tony Blair's reshuffle of the Cabinet and Junior Ministers,
the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions is Andrew Smith. The DWP website also reports the following:
"There have been three changes to the Department for Work and Pension's Ministerial team following last week's Cabinet reshuffle.
"Malcom Wicks, previously DWP's Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Work, has been appointed Minister of State for Pensions, Des Browne has become Minister of State for Work and Chris Pond is the new Parliamentary Under Secretary.
"Malcolm Wicks, Member of Parliament for Croydon North since 1992, joined the Department in June 2001. From 1999 to 2001 he was the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Lifelong Learning at the Department for Education and Employment.
"Des Browne, MP for Kilmarnock and Loudoun since 1997, was formerly the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at The Northern Ireland Office.
"From 1998 to 1999 he was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the late Donald Dewar MP and more recently to Adam Ingram MP.
"Chris Pond, MP for Gravesham since 1997, has been a member of the Social Security Select Committee and was Director of the Low Pay Unit between 1980 and 1997"
Nick Brown - an ally of Chancellor Gordon Brown - is a notable casualty in this reshuffle. He was demoted to the backbenches. Alistair Darling moves on to become Secretary of State for Transport AND Scotland.
12 June 2001 -
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Alistair Darling announced the areas of
policy responsibilities for his Ministerial Team. The Secretary of State takes overall
responsibility for all work and pension matters and also public expenditure issues.
Nick Brown, Minister of State: Structural unemployment policy,
Welfare to work (New Deals/ONE), Adult Disadvantage, Jobcentre
Plus/BA/ES, Employers, Employment Zones, International, 16-18 policy,
Ian McCartney, Minister of Pensions: Basic Pension, SERPS/S2P,
Stakeholders and private pensions, Occupational Pensions, NI
Fund/NIRS2, Pension Credit, The Pensions Service, MIG, Ministerial
Group for Older People
Malcolm Wicks, Parliamentary Under Secretary (Work): Deputy to the Minister for
Work on all work issues, IB/ Medical Policy, Housing Benefit,
Bereavement Benefits Social Fund, Fraud and Methods of Payment
reform, IS (Working Age)/JSA
Pat Hollis, Minister for Children and the Family, Parliamentary Under
Secretary in the Lords: CSA, ICC/Child Benefit, Poverty and Social
exclusion, Childcare, Asylum, Green Issues, Maternity/Paternity Pay,
Appeals Service and Adjudication issues
Maria Eagle, Minister for Disabled People (PUS): Deputy to the
Minister for Pensions on all pensions issues, Disability
policy/Disability Rights Commission, Disability Benefits, Carers
Benefits, Long-term care