Education Select Committee

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The Education Select Committee is a select committee of the House of Commons in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The remit of the Committee is to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Education and any associated public bodies.

The Chair of the Committee is Neil Carmichael MP. He was elected on 18 June 2016.[1]


Members in the 2016/17 session of Parliament are as follows:

Member Party Constituency
Neil Carmichael MP (Chair) Conservative Stroud
Lucy Allan MP Conservative Telford
Ian Austin MP Labour Dudley North
Michelle Donelan MP Conservative Chippenham
Marion Fellows MP SNP Motherwell and Wishaw
Suella Fernandes MP Conservative Fareham
Lucy Frazer MP Conservative South East Cambridgeshire
Catherine McKinnell MP Labour Newcastle upon Tyne North
Ian Mearns MP Labour Gateshead
Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP Labour East Ham
William Wragg MP Conservative Hazel Grove

Source: Education Committee


On 6 July 2015, the Committee's members were elected.[2] Occasionally, the House of Commons orders changes to the membership of select committees, as proposed by the Committee of Selection. Such changes are shown below.

Date Outgoing Member
& Party
Constituency New Member
& Party
1 February 2016 Kate Osamor MP (Labour) Edmonton Catherine McKinnell MP (Labour) Newcastle upon Tyne North
1 February 2016 Kate Hollern MP (Labour) Blackburn Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP (Labour) East Ham
22 February 2016 Caroline Nokes MP (Conservative) Romsey and Southampton North William Wragg MP (Conservative) Hazel Grove


Date Title Government response
20 January 2016 First Report of Session 2015–16: The role of Regional Schools Commissioners Government Response to the Committee’s First Report of Session 2015–16
24 January 2016 Second Report of Session 2015–16: Holocaust education Government Response to the Committee’s Second Report of Session 2015–16
20 March 2016 Third Report of Session 2015–16: Appointment of the Chief Regulator of Ofqual N/A
28 April 2016 Fourth Report of Session 2015-16: Mental health and well-being of looked-after children Awaited
5 July 2016 First Report of Session 2016-17: Careers education, information, advice and guidance Awaited
7 July 2016 Second Report of Session 2016-17: Appointment of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills Awaited
13 July 2016 Third Report of Session 2016-17: Social work reform Awaited

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