Education and Skills Committee

22 March 2006


The Work of Ofsted

Monday 27 March 2006, 3.45 p.m. in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House

On 27 March the House of Commons will be debating education in the Budget debate. The formal oral evidence session with Maurice Smith, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools, and colleagues, has therefore been postponed . This session is to be re-scheduled to a future date which will be announced as soon as possible.

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.