Education and Skills Committee

12 February 2004

Forthcoming oral evidence sessions for the inquiry into: National Skills Strategy: 14-19 Education

The Committee will be taking oral evidence for the 14-19 Education inquiry on the following dates:

Monday 19 April, 3.45 pm  - Evidence from Professor Adrian Smith, Principal of Queen Mary, University of London, and the QCA.

Wednesday 21 April, 9.30 am - Evidence from David Miliband MP, Minister of State for School Standards and Ivan Lewis MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Skills and Vocational Education

Monday 26 April, 3.45 pm  - Professor David Raffe, Professor of Sociology of Education and Director of Research the School of Education, University of Edinburgh

Monday 10 May, 3.45 pm - TUC

Monday 17 May, 3.45 pm - Bryan Sanderson and Mark Haysom, Learning and Skills Council

All meetings will be held in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House.

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.