Education and Skills Committee

29 April 2004

School Transport Bill

Wednesday 5 May 2004, from 9.30 am, Wilson Room, Portcullis House

The Committee will be taking oral evidence from:

Tim Davies, Chairman, Association of Transport Co ordinating Officers; Sheena Pickersgill, Director of Corporate Services, Metro; Geoff Gardner, Travel Awareness Officer, North Yorkshire County Council, and John Sykes, Principal Engineer, Hertfordshire County Council; Allan Edmondson, Head of Coach Services and Steven Salmon, Operations Director, Confederation of Passenger Transport.

And at 10.30 am (approx)

Kathryn James, Senior Assistant Secretary, Professional Advice, National Association of Head Teachers; Dr Chris Howard, Headteacher, Lewis School Pengam, Caerphilly; Dorothy Elliott, Treasurer, National Governers' Council; Martin Ward, Deputy General Secretary, Secondary Heads Association; and Tony Neal, Headteacher, De Aston School, Market Rasen.

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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.