Children, Schools and Families Committee

18 December 2007


Oral Evidence Session

The Children, Schools and Families Committee will be taking formal oral evidence as part of the above inquiry as follows:

Wednesday 9 January 2008 at 09.30
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Evidence from: Rt Hon Ed Balls MP, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families; David Bell, Permanent Secretary; and Stephen Meek, Director of Strategy, Performance and Analysis, Department for Children, Schools and Families

The session will be open to the public on a first come, first served basis. There is no system for the prior reservation of seats in Committee Rooms. It is advisable to allow about 20 minutes to pass through security checks. Committee rooms and timings are subject to change.


The Children, Schools and Families 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 Children, Schools and Families 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.