DWP Minister to attend next APPG on ME

September 12, 2008

The Rt Hon James Purnell MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, has agreed to address the next APPG on M.E., about the Welfare Reform Green Paper, No one written off: reforming welfare to reward responsibility.

The meeting will take place 3-5pm, Wednesday 8 October in Committee Room 18, House of Commons. (Please note that the start time has changed; it was previously planned for 1pm).

A draft agenda is available, but it is subject to the availability of the Minister on the day.

As the Minister will not be able to attend the whole meeting, the time available for questions will be limited.

While priority must be given to MPs present on the day who wish to ask questions, including questions submitted by their constituents, Dr Des Turner, Chair of the Group, invites support groups, individuals with M.E., their carers and professionals with an interest in M.E. to submit questions for the Minister via the Secretariat of the APPG.

Please note:

  1. For reasons of time, only questions of up to 100 words in length will be considered.
  1. Questions must relate directly to the Welfare Reform Green Paper, No one written off: reforming welfare to reward responsibility. Questions about sickness and disability benefits not affected by this paper, such as Disability Living Allowance, will not be considered.
  2. All such questions should be submitted via the Secretariat by 5pm Tuesday 30 September. The Chair will then select a representative sample to put to the Minister.
  3. Questions should be submitted to either Action for M.E. or the ME Association, by e-mailing consultations@afme.org.uk or meconnect@meassociation.org.uk. Please address your question, “TO THE APPG / MINISTER.” Alternatively, questions may also be posted to either charity in hard copy.

The APPG on M.E. will be open to members of the public. Before they travel, visitors should check for announcements on the Action for M.E. and ME Association websites, as the meeting room may change at very short notice if it is required by a parliamentary committee.

Entrance to the meeting will at the St Stephen's Door to the House of Commons, and then ask the way to Committee Room 18. Please allow sufficient time in case there are big queues waiting to go through the security gatehouse. There is separate access for people in wheelchairs.

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