1 Introduction |
1. This Report summarises the Committee's work
in the 2008-09 Session. It is intended to inform all those who
have an interest in the Committee's work, including Members of
the two Houses of Parliament, Ministers and officials in the Department
for Children, Schools and Families, agencies and organisations
working in the children and schools sectors, and interested members
of the public. In preparing this Report, we have borne in mind
the requirements of the Liaison Committee,
which customarily publishes a report each year on the work of
the House's scrutiny select committees.
2. Alongside the narrative, we attach as an Appendix
the statistical information about the Committee's activities which
is compiled on a sessional basis and which forms the Committee's
entry in the Sessional Return.
3. This Report follows our usual custom and divides
into two main sections: the first sets out the ways in which our
work corresponds to the Objectives and Core Tasks defined by the
Liaison Committee for departmentally-related select committees.
The second provides a short commentary on matters which we would
particularly like to draw to the attention of the Liaison Committee.
4. We take this opportunity to thank all of those
who have contributed to our work during this Session, whether
by providing oral or written evidence, or by meeting us informally
either on visits or at Westminster, or by providing specialist
advice. Without that input, we would not be able to fulfil our
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Sessional Return for 2008-09 to be published as HC 1, Session