Education Committee

Education Committee appointed by the House of Commons to examine the administration, expenditure and policy of the Department for Education and also covers the work of non-departmental public bodies


MPs take evidence from experts in child protection and the courts and family justice system in child Protection

Education Committee takes evidence from key witnesses

18 May 2012

At the eighth session into the Committee’s ongoing inquiry into the Child protection system in England, MPs will question Professor Eileen Munro about the developments in the field of child protection since the publication of her Review in May 2011.

The aim of the second session is for the Committee to investigate the role of the courts and family justice system in child protection.


Tuesday 22 May 2012, Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster

At 11.00am

  • Professor Eileen Munro, Professor of Social Policy, London School of Economics

At 11.45am

  • Anthony Douglas, Chief Executive, Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service
  • District Judge Nicholas Crichton

Further Information

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Education Committee – role

The Education Committee monitors the policy, administration and spending of the Department for Education and its associated arms length bodies, including Ofsted.

The Committee consists of eleven backbench Members of Parliament. The Committee’s Chair is Mr Graham Stuart MP, Conservative Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness.

The Committee is an investigative Committee rather than a legislative Committee: it sets its own programme and chooses subjects for inquiries. For each inquiry, a press notice is issued listing the terms of reference and inviting interested parties to send written submissions. For most inquiries, the Committee will also hold question and answer “oral evidence” sessions with witnessess. These are held in public, normally in a Committee Room at the Houses of Parliament. Webcasts of recent oral evidence sessions can be viewed at Parliament TV. If you would like to receive press releases from the Committee please email the Education Committee. Current inquiries, oral and written evidence, as well as Reports and publications produced by the Committee can also be found on these pages.

The Education Committee replaced the Children, Schools and Families Committee, which was set up in July 2007, following a renaming of the Department in the wake of the 2010 General Election.

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