Education and Skills Committee

3 November 2003

National Skills Strategy: 14-19 Education

Following the publication of the Government's skills strategy 21st Century Skills: Realising our Potential, the Education and Skills Committee will be undertaking a major new inquiry into Skills.

The Committee has announced the first part of the inquiry: 14-19 education. The terms of reference are:

To examine the Government's proposals for the provision of education for young people between the ages of 14 and 19 and the work of the Working Group on 14-19 reform in the context of the national skills strategy.

The Committee will begin taking formal evidence for this inquiry from early January 2004. Written submissions are welcome and should arrive no later than Monday 15 December. A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to  and an additional paper copy to:

David Lloyd, Clerk, Education and Skills Select Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London  SW1P 3JA

Over the next few months, the Committee will be announcing further strands to this inquiry, looking at:

• prison education;

• funding and organisation of skills training;

• modern apprenticeships and standards; and

• quality in skills training.

A guide for written submissions to the Committee may be found on the parliamentary website at:

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 David Chaytor, Labour, Bury North

Valerie Davey, Labour, Bristol West

Jeff Ennis, Labour, Barnsley East & Mexborough

Paul Holmes, Liberal Democrat, Chesterfield

Mr Robert Jackson, Conservative, Wantage

Helen Jones, Labour, Warrington North

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