Education and Skills Committee

20 December 2005




Further Education

Monday 9 January 2006, 3.45 p.m. in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House

The Education and Skills Select Committee will be taking formal oral evidence from Mark Fisher, Chief Executive, Sector Skills Development Agency, David Hunter, Chief Executive, Lifelong Learning UK, and Terry Watts, Chief Executive Officer, ProSkills. 

Then at approximately 4.45 p.m., the Committee will be taking formal oral evidence from Graham Hoyle, Chief Executive, and Martin Dunford, Chairman, Association of Learning Providers.


Special Educational Needs

Wednesday 11 January 2006, 9.30 a.m. in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House

The Education and Skills Select Committee will be taking formal oral evidence from Network 81, Kids First Group, Wiltshire Dyslexia Association and SPINN (formerly Newham Parents' Support Network). 

Then at approximately 10.30 a.m., the Committee will be taking formal oral evidence from the SEN Consortium, Focus Learning, and the National Association of Independent Schools and Non Maintained Special Schools.


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.