Work of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills 2010

As part of its remit, the Committee holds regular evidence sessions with the Secretary of State in order to highlight any issues which might have arisen during previous inquiries and to examine the recent work of the Secretary of State.

On 20 July 2010, the Business Innovation and Skills Committee held a one-off oral evidence session with:

  • Rt Hon Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills 


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    • Reports and associated evidence – Reports of Committee inquires. This category may also include Special Reports where they are used by a Committee to bring matters relating to conduct of its business to the notice of the House.
    • Responses to Reports - Responses may be published as a Special Report, or as a Command Paper. They may also be appended to a Report should the Committee have substantial comments on the Response, in which case they can be found listed under Reports. 
    • Other oral and written evidence - Evidence taken by the Committee that has yet to or did not result in the publication of a Report. This includes transcripts of recent meetings.
    • Estimate Memoranda - An Estimate memorandum is an explanatory note that accompanies a government department’s estimate (a means by which a department seeks authority from Parliament for its spending plans).
    • Correspondence - Correspondence sent from or received by the Committee or its Chair.

Stages of an inquiry

Most, but not all, Select Committee inquiries are conducted as follows:

  • Written evidence called for
  • Oral evidence sessions held
  • Report published
  • Response published

Not all inquiries result in a Report