Education and Skills Committee

1 July 2003


THE FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUCATION

The Education and Skills Committee publishes its report on The Future of Higher Education on Thursday 10 July 2003 at 00.01 am (one minute past midnight on Thursday morning). (Fifth Report from the Education and Skills Committee, Session 2002-03, HC 425-I). 

Embargoed copies of the Report will be available for collection by Government departments, press and witnesses at 10.30 am on Wednesday 9 July from the reception desk, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA. These should be requested in advance from the Committee Secretary ([email protected]). The report can also be ordered from The Stationery Office (tel: 0845 702 3474) or from the Parliamentary Bookshop (020 7219 3890), or can be viewed on our website from 4.00 pm on 10 July.

A substantial volume of oral and written evidence will be published at the same time (HC 425-II) This will be sent to witnesses who gave oral evidence only, and to other witnesses on request.

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

Ms Meg Munn, Labour, Sheffield Heeley

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