Education and Skills Committee

22 February 2007


Monday 26 February, 3.45 pm in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House

The Education and Skills Select Committee will be taking formal oral evidence from: Professor Claire Callender, London South Bank University, Professor David Latchman, Master of Birkbeck, University of London, and Professor David Vincent, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Strategy, planning and external affairs), The Open University.

Followed by at approximately 4.45pm: evidence from Professor Robert Burgess, Vice Chancellor, Leicester University and Chair of the Burgess Group on Credit and Qualification Frameworks.


Wednesday 28 February at 09.30am Wilson Room, Portcullis House

The Education and Skills Select Committee will be taking formal oral evidence from: Liz Smith, Director, Unionlearn, Hayley Pickles, Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW), Kenneth Aitchison, Prospect Union, Clinton Ritchie, Lewisham College, and Ellie Russell, Vice President, Further Education, National Union of Students.

Followed by at approximately 10.30am: Evidence from Clare Morley, Director of Education and Training, Association of Accounting Technicians and John Philpott, Chief Economist, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

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.