Education and Skills Committee

21 November 2005




Further Education

Monday 28 November 2005, 3.45 p.m. in the
Wilson Room, Portcullis House

The Education and Skills Select Committee will be taking formal oral evidence from Alan Tuckett, Director; Colin Flint, Associate Director for Further Education; NIACE, Dr John Brennan, Chief Executive; Association of Colleges (AoC) and Pauline Waterhouse, Principal; Blackpool and the Fylde College. 

The session is expected to cover the following topics:

  • Sir Andrew Foster's review of Further Education;

  • Funding for 16-19 year olds and adult learning; and

  • Schools White Paper  - especially those parts of particular relevance to FE colleges and to post-16 learning.

Schools White Paper

Wednesday 30 November 2005, 9.30 a.m. in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House

The Education and Skills Select Committee will be taking formal oral evidence from Alison King, Chair, Children and Young People Board, and James Kempton, Vice Chair, Children and Young People Board; Local Government Association (LGA).


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.