Education and Skills Committee

24 March 2004

School Transport Bill

Wednesday 31 March 2004, from 9.15 am, Wilson Room, Portcullis House

The Committee will be taking oral evidence from: Peter Housden, Director General, Schools, and Penny Jones, Divisional Manager, School Transport, Safety and Independent Education Division, Department for Education and Skills, and Peter Openshaw, Head of Bus Partnership and Regulation Branch, Buses and Taxis Division, Department for Transport.

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.