Education and Skills Committee

12 November 2003


Secondary Education: School Admissions

Monday 17 November 2003, from 4.00 pm, Wilson Room, Portcullis House

The Committee will be taking oral evidence from David Bell HMCI and Sheila Brown HMI, Head of LEA Division, Ofsted; Nick Flight, Education Performance Specialist, Audit Commission; Rev Canon John Hall, Chief Education Officer, Church of England; and Ms Oona Stannard, Director, and Sarah Billington, Legal Advisor, Catholic Education Service.

Wednesday 19 November 2003, from 9.15 am, Wilson Room, Portcullis House

The Committee will be taking oral evidence from Stephen Crowne, Director, Resources, Infrastructure and Governance; Caroline Macready, Head of School Admissions, Organisation and Governance Division; and Sue Garner, Head of the School Admissions and Class Size Unit, Department for Education and Skills.

NOTES FOR EDITORS

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Information about the Education and Skills Committee

The Education and Skills Committee is one of the House’s Select Committees related to government departments: its terms of reference are to examine “the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Education and Skills and its associated public bodies”.  The Committee chooses its own subjects of inquiry, within the overall terms of reference.  It invites written evidence from interested parties and holds public evidence sessions, usually in committee rooms at the House of Commons, although it does have the power to meet away from Westminster.  At the end of each inquiry, the Committee will normally agree a Report based on the evidence received. Such Reports are published and made available on the Internet.  Copies are sent free to those who give oral evidence. Reports usually contain recommendations to the Government and other bodies.  The Government by convention responds to reports within about two months of publication.  These responses are also published.

The membership of the Committee is as follows:

Mr David Chaytor Labour, Bury North

Valerie Davey Labour, Bristol West

Jeff Ennis Labour, Barnsley East & Mexborough

Paul Holmes Liberal Democrat, Chesterfield

Mr Robert Jackson Conservative, Wantage

Helen Jones Labour, Warrington North

Mr Kerry Pollard Labour, St Albans

Jonathan Shaw Labour, Chatham and Aylesford

Mr Barry Sheerman (Chairman) Labour, Huddersfield

Mr Mark Simmonds Conservative, Boston & Skegness

Mr Andrew Turner Conservative, Isle of Wight