def060505 - No. 42

Session 2005-06, 5 May 2006

Web Forum and Evidence Session

Web Forum and Evidence Session



The Defence Committee web forum, a key part of its inquiry into educating Service children, continues to receive stimulating contributions from Service families, teachers and young people about their experience of education in both SCE and UK schools.

The forum will close on 12 May, so one week remains for people with experience of educating Service children to make their views known to the Committee.  Members of the Committee are responding to comments posted on the forum which can be accessed from:

As well as the web forum, the Committee continues to welcome written evidence from interested parties. The closing date for written submissions has been extended to 8 June 2006. 


The Defence Committee has so far held two evidence sessions relating to its inquiry into educating Service children.

The first evidence session, held at Alderman Blaxill Secondary School, Colchester, on 24 April, took evidence from teachers, Service families and Service children. The transcript of the session is available at:

The second evidence session, held in Westminster on 2 May, took evidence from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Defence, and officials from the Ministry of Defence, Service Children’s Education and the Children’s Education Advisory Service. The transcript is available at:

The Committee is planning a third evidence session with the Department for Education and Skills. Details will be announced in due course. 


1. Committee Membership is as follows: Rt Hon James Arbuthnot MP (Chairman), Mr David S Borrow MP, Mr Colin Breed MP, Mr David Crausby MP, Linda Gilroy MP, Mr David Hamilton MP, Mr Mike Hancock MP, Mr Dai Havard MP, Mr Adam Holloway MP, Mr Brian Jenkins MP, Mr Kevan Jones MP, Robert Key MP, Mr Mark Lancaster MP, John Smith MP

2. News Release: No. 42


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