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Another pensions wicket falls

Well, itís time for another change at the top Pensions Minister-wise. Yes it really is that time of year again; I know, where does the time go?

Anyway, due to popular demand (youíre right, both Hilda and Harry Popular have written in over the weekend again), I feel obliged to record the latest changes at the top of the tree of our ever-changing pension system. Keeping track of the various pairings of ministers batting for our pensions has become something of a tradition for the BeeHive over the years and I know many journalists and other commentators have come to regard us as the Wisden of pensions in that respect.

So, and for the record, James Purnellís resignation from the Cabinet late last week led to his replacement as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions by Yvette Cooper. Therefore, and for the first time since BeeHive records began in 1997, we now have an all-female team facing the bowlers. Yvette Cooper and Rosie Winterton are the fifteenth new team at the top since 1997.

October 2008 to June 2009 wasnít a bad innings for the last pairing I suppose, nine months is a long time to be at the crease. Mind you, my mole in Westminster tells me we may be about to be bowled a googly. Who knows? If there are any more developments today Iíll get back to you.

But, and for the record books, hereís the complete list so far at the time of going to press (itís all go in pensions these days isnít it?):

May 1997
Harriet Harman Secretary of State for Social Security
Frank Field Minister of State for Welfare Reform
John Denham Under Secretary

July 1998
Alastair Darling Secretary of State for Social Security
John Denham Minister for Pensions

January 1999
Alastair Darling Secretary of State for Social Security
Stephen Timms Minister for Pensions

July 1999
Alastair Darling Secretary of State for Social Security
Jeff Rooker Pensions Minister

May 2001
Alastair Darling Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Ian McCartney Pensions Minister

May 2002
Andrew Smith Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Ian McCartney Pensions Minister

June 2003
Andrew Smith Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Malcolm Wicks Pensions Minister

September 2004
Alan Johnson Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Malcolm Wicks Pensions Minister

May 2005
David Blunkett Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Stephen Timms Pensions Minister

November 2005
John Hutton Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Stephen Timms Minister for Pensions Reform

May 2006
John Hutton Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
James Purnell Minister for Pensions Reform

June 2007
Peter Hain Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Mike O'Brien Minister for Pensions Reform

January 2008
James Purnell Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Mike OíBrien Minister for Pensions Reform

October 2008
James Purnell Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Rosie Winterton Minister for Pensions Reform

June 2009
Yvette Cooper Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Rosie Winterton Minister for Pensions Reform

Steve Bee

8 June 2009

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