§ Mr. Kirkwood
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his officials have met the Social Security Advisory Committee to discuss the regulations concerning housing benefit reform; and whether the Committee has requested the referral of the regulations. 
§ Malcolm Wicks
We are fully committed to involving the Social Security Advisory Committee in the drafting of new regulations supporting Housing Benefit reform.
Officials have met the Committee to provide an initial introduction to Housing Benefit reform, and draft regulations will be presented to the Committee early in the new year. The Committee will then decide whether they wish the regulations to be referred formally.