Select Committee on Education and Skills Sixth 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.

Membership at time Report agreed
Mr Barry Sheerman MP (Labour, Huddersfield) (Chairman)
Mr Douglas Carswell MP (Conservative, Harwich)
Mr David Chaytor MP (Labour, Bury North)
Jeff Ennis MP (Labour, Barnsley East & Mexborough)
Paul Holmes MP (Liberal Democrat, Chesterfield)
Helen Jones MP (Labour, Warrington North)
Fiona Mactaggart MP (Labour, Slough)
Mr Gordon Marsden MP (Labour, Blackpool South)
Mr Andrew Pelling MP (Conservative, Croydon Central)
Stephen Williams MP (Liberal Democrat, Bristol West)
Mr Rob Wilson MP (Conservative, Reading East)

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), Jyoti Chandola, (Second Clerk), Nerys Roberts (Committee Specialist), Katie Phelan (Committee Assistant), Susan Ramsay (Committee 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 e-mail address is

In the footnotes for this Report, references to oral evidence are indicated by 'Q' followed by the question number. References to written evidence are indicated by the page number as in 'Ev 12'.

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