Education and Skills Committee

3 October 2007


Oral evidence sessions

The following evidence sessions have been arranged as part of the above inquiry:

Date and Time: Monday 8 October 2007 at 15.45

Witnesses: Paul Collard, National Director, Creative Partnerships and Althea Efunshile, Executive Director, Arts Planning and Investment, Arts Council England

Location: The Wilson Room, Portcullis House


Date and Time: Wednesday 10 October 2007 at 09.00

Witnesses: Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MBE MP, Minister for Culture, Creative Industries and Tourism, Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Jim Knight MP, Minister of State for Schools and Learners, Department for Children, Schools and Families

Location: The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

The sessions will be open to the public on a first come, first served basis. There is no system for the prior reservation of seats in Committee Rooms. It is advisable to allow about 20 minutes to pass through security checks. Committee rooms and timings are subject to change.

Details of this inquiry were set out in a press notice issued on 4 June 2007.


The Education and Skills Committee is one of the House's Select Committees related to government departments: its terms of reference are to examine ₓthe expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Education and Skills and its associated public bodiesâ‚?. 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.