18 April 2007
Monday 23 April 2007, 3.45 pm in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House
The Education and Skills Select Committee will be taking formal oral evidence from:
Martin Davidson, Director General of the British Council;
Professor Bernadette Robinson, Special Professor of Comparative Education, University of Nottingham;
Professor John Brennan, Director of the Centre for Higher Education Research and Information; and
Professor Phil Brown, Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance.
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.