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.


On 6 July 2015, the Committee's members were elected.[1] Members in the 2015/16 session of Parliament are as follows:

Member Party Constituency
Graham Stuart MP Conservative Telford
Neil Carmichael MP (Chair) Conservative Stroud
Ian Austin MP Labour Dudley North
Kate Hollern MP Labour Blackburn
Ian Mearns MP Labour Gateshead
Michelle Donelan MP Conservative Chippenham
Kate Osamor MP Labour Co-op Edmonton
Marion Fellows MP SNP Motherwell and Wishaw
Suella Fernandes MP Conservative Fareham
Lucy Frazer MP Conservative South East Cambridgeshire
Caroline Nokes MP Conservative Romsey and Southampton North

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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