Education and Skills Committee

8 November 2005

Committee launches inquiry into Schools White Paper

The Education and Skills Committee is to undertake an inquiry into the proposals in the  White Paper Higher Standards, Better Schools For All.

In evidence to the Committee on 2 November, the Secretary of State for Education and Skills said that she expected that the Bill to implement the White Paper proposals would be put before Parliament early in 2006. This means that  there is a very tight timetable if the Committee wishes to report in time for the Bill's second reading.

The Committee therefore plans to take oral evidence in the period from late November up to Christmas, and is inviting written submissions on any aspect of the proposals to arrive no later than Wednesday 30 November.

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

A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to with an additional paper copy to:

Education and Skills Select Committee
House of Commons
7 Millbank
London  SW1P 3JA

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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.