Select Committee on Education and Skills Second Report

The Education and Skills Committee

The Education and Skills Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Education and Skills and its associated public bodies.

Current membership

Mr Barry Sheerman MP (Labour, Huddersfield) (Chairman)

Mr David Chaytor MP (Labour, Bury North)

Valerie Davey MP (Labour, Bristol West)

Jeff Ennis MP (Labour, Barnsley East & Mexborough)

Mr Nick Gibb MP (Conservative, Bognor Regis & Littlehampton)

Mr John Greenway MP (Conservative, Ryedale)

Paul Holmes MP (Liberal Democrat, Chesterfield)

Helen Jones MP (Labour, Warrington North)

Mr Kerry Pollard MP (Labour, St Albans)

Jonathan Shaw MP (Labour, Chatham and Aylesford)

Mr Andrew Turner MP (Conservative, Isle of Wight)


The Committee is one of the departmental select committees, the powers of which are set out in House of Commons Standing Orders, principally in

SO No 152. These are available on the Internet via


The Reports and evidence of the Committee are published by The Stationery Office by Order of the House. All publications of the Committee (including press notices) are on the Internet at:

Committee staff

The current staff of the Committee are David Lloyd (Clerk), Dr Sue Griffiths (Second Clerk), Libby Aston (Committee Specialist), Nerys Roberts (Committee Specialist), Lisa Wrobel (Committee Assistant), Susan Monaghan (Committee Assistant), Catherine Jackson (Secretary) and John Kittle (Senior Office Clerk).


All correspondence should be addressed to the Clerk of the Education and Skills Committee, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA. The telephone number for general enquiries is 020 7219 6181; the Committee's email address is


In the footnotes of this Report, references to oral evidence are indicated by 'Q' followed by the question number. References to written evidence are indicated in the form 'Ev' followed by the page number.

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