Foundation Years: Sure Start children's centres: Government Response to the Committee's Fifth Report of Session 2013-14 - Education Committee Contents

The Education Committee

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

Membership at time Report agreed:

Mr Graham Stuart MP (Conservative, Beverley & Holderness) (Chair)

Neil Carmichael MP (Conservative, Stroud)

Alex Cunningham MP (Labour, Stockton North)

Bill Esterson MP (Labour, Sefton Central)

Pat Glass MP (Labour, North West Durham)

Siobhain McDonagh MP (Labour, Mitcham and Morden)

Ian Mearns MP (Labour, Gateshead)

Mr Dominic Raab MP (Conservative, Esher and Walton)

Chris Skidmore MP (Conservative, Kingswood)

Mr David Ward MP (Liberal Democrat, Bradford East)

Craig Whittaker MP (Conservative, Calder Valley)


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 Dr Lynn Gardner (Clerk), Katy Stout (Second Clerk), Martin Smith (Committee Specialist), Claudia Sumner (Committee Specialist), Ameet Chudasama (Senior Committee Assistant), and Caroline McElwee (Committee Assistant.

Penny Crouzet was a Committee Specialist on the staff during the inquiry.


All correspondence should be addressed to the Clerk of the Education 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

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