Education and Skills Committee

8 March 2004

School Transport Bill: Call for written evidence

The Education and Skills Select Committee will be undertaking pre-legislative scrutiny of the draft School Transport bill, published on 8 March.

The bill’s main purpose is to enable LEAs to run pilot school travel schemes, for which they may charge.

The Committee will be taking formal evidence during an inquiry beginning in late March. Written submissions are welcome and should arrive no later than Monday 19th April. A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to and an additional paper copy should be sent to: Sue Griffiths, Education and Skills Select Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London  SW1P 3JA.

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.