Education and Skills Committee

16 November 2006




Children's Services

Monday 20 November 2006, 3.45 p.m. in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House

The Education and Skills Select Committee will be taking formal oral evidence from Beverley Hughes, Minister of State for Children and Families, Department for Education and Skills.

Bullying

Wednesday 22 November 2006, 9.30 a.m. in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House

The Education and Skills Select Committee will be taking formal oral evidence from Caroline Day, Researcher, Barnardo's; Benet Middleton, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, The National Autistic Society; Dr Shoba Deas, Deputy Director, SARI; and Chris Gravell, Policy Officer, The Advisory Centre for Education.

Followed by at approximately 10.45 am: Steve Sinnott, General Secretary, NUT; and Professor Peter K Smith, Head, Unit for School and Family Studies, Goldsmiths College and Head, Research and Advisory Group, Anti-Bullying Alliance.


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.