Edskills press notice 38



The Education and Skills Committee has announced a new inquiry.

The prime focus of the Committee's inquiry into the diversity of provision in secondary education will be to scrutinise the evidence supporting the Government's agenda for diversity of provision and the validity of relevant policy initiatives as they relate to 11-16 education, including specialist schools, City Academies, faith schools, City Technology Colleges and foundation schools.

The first public oral evidence session will be on Wednesday 20 November at the Wilson Room, Portcullis House, from 9.45 am to about 11.30 am.  Details of the witnesses to be examined are Professor Stephen Gorard, University of Wales Cardiff, Professor James Tooley, University of Newcastle, and Professor Richard Pring, University of Oxford.

The Committee would welcome written submissions regarding diversity of provision in secondary education by Monday 25 November.


Written submissions should be addressed to Sara Eustace, Committee Specialist at Education & Skills Select Committee, 7 Millbank, London. SW1P 3JA.

With effect from 01 November, Committee staff are as follows Clerk: David Lloyd; Second Clerk: S®an Jones; Committee Specialist: Sara Eustace; Committee Assistant: Lisa Wrobel; Secretary: Cathy Jackson.

Any requests from broadcasters for use of recordings of Committee meetings should be addressed to Andrea Lever, Bowtie Television, 7 Millbank, LONDON SW1P 3JA (Telephone 020 7219 2732).

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.

The membership of the Committee is as follows:

Mr John Baron Conservative, Billericay

Mr David Chaytor Labour, Bury North

Valerie Davey Labour, Bristol West

Jeff Ennis Labour, Barnsley East & Mexborough

Paul Holmes Liberal Democrat, Chesterfield

Ms Meg Munn Labour, Sheffield Heeley

Mr Kerry Pollard Labour, St Albans

Jonathan Shaw Labour, Chatham and Aylesford

Mr Barry Sheerman (Chairman) Labour, Huddersfield

Mr Mark Simmonds Conservative, Boston & Skegness

Mr Andrew Turner Conservative, Isle of Wight


Personal information held by the Education and Skills Committee is strictly for the use of the Committee and will not be passed on to any other organisation.  If you have any concerns about information held by the Committee please contact the Committee Clerk, House of Commons, Education and Skills Committee, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA.