Education Select Committee

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The Education Select Committee, previously the Children, Schools and Families 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 Children, Schools and Families Select Committee was formed after the Department for Children, Schools and Families was set up on 6 November 2007. The new department was formed after the disbanding of the former Department for Education and Skills. It works in close collaboration with the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills. It was renamed after the Department was renamed the Department for Education without any change in ministerial responsibilities. The current Secretary of State for Education is The Rt Hon. Nicola Morgan MP.


As at June 2015, the Committee's only member is its Chair, Neil Carmichael, with other members to be elected.[1] Members in the 2014/15 session of Parliament were as follows:

Member Party Constituency
Graham Stuart MP Conservative Beverley and Holderness
Neil Carmichael MP (Chair) Conservative Stroud
Alex Cunningham MP Labour Stockton North
Bill Esterson MP Labour Sefton Central
Pat Glass MP Labour North West Durham
Charlotte Leslie MP Conservative Bristol North West
Siobhain McDonagh MP Labour Mitcham and Morden
Ian Mearns MP Labour Gateshead
Chris Skidmore MP Conservative Kingswood
David Ward MP Liberal Democrat Bradford East
Craig Whittaker MP Conservative Calder Valley

Source: Education Committee


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
Constituency Source
2 November 2010 Conor Burns MP (Conservative) Bournemouth West Neil Carmichael MP (Conservative) Stroud Hansard
Liz Kendall MP (Labour) Leicester West Bill Esterson MP (Labour) Sefton Central
7 November 2011 Nic Dakin MP (Labour) Scunthorpe Alex Cunningham MP (Labour) Stockton North Hansard
11 June 2012 Tessa Munt MP (Liberal Democrat) Wells David Ward MP (Liberal Democrat) Bradford East Hansard
10 September 2012 Lisa Nandy MP (Labour) Wigan Siobhain McDonagh MP (Labour) Mitcham and Morden Hansard
5 November 2012 Damian Hinds MP (Conservative) East Hampshire Chris Skidmore MP (Conservative) Kingswood Hansard

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  1. ^ "Winning candidates for select committee Chairs announced". UK Parliament. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 

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