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Parliamentary Committee on Education, Skills & The Economy: To Receive Evidence from Nick Boles, Skills Minister

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 01: The Houses of Parliament glow in the early morning sun on February 1, 2010 in London, England. Londoners woke up to a beautiful clear morning despite temperatures falling dramatically over the weekend. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The new parliamentary Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy is to take evidence from the Minister of State for Skills, Nick Boles MP. The session will take place on Monday 25 January at 4.30pm.

The Committee will quiz Mr Boles about his role as a joint Minister in the Departments for Education and Business, Innovation and Skills, and about how effectively two departments work together on education and skills matters. The questioning is also likely to cover the Minister’s key responsibilities, including: Further education; Apprenticeships; Careers advice; STEM skills.

 The new Committee on Education, Skills, and the Economy is a Parliamentary innovation, bringing together Members from the Education Committee and Business, Innovation and Skills Committee to examine skills and education issues, and their impact on the economy, in a joined-up way.


The Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy is formed from sub-Committees of the Education and the Business, Innovation and Skills Committees. It comprises fourteen members: seven from the Education Committee and seven from the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee. It held its first meeting on Monday 7 December 2015.

 Committee Membership is as follows:

Chairs: Mr Neil Carmichael (Con, Stroud); Mr Iain Wright MP (Lab, Hartlepool)

Ian Austin (Lab, Dudley North)

Paul Blomfield (Lab, Sheffield Central)

Michelle Donelan (Con, Chippenham)

Suella Fernandes (Con, Fareham)

Lucy Frazer (Con, South East Cambridgeshire)

Kate Hollern (Lab, Blackburn)

Ian Mearns (Lab, Gateshead)

Amanda Milling (Con, Cannock Chase)

Amanda Solloway (Con, Derby North)

Michelle Thomson (Ind, Edinburgh West)

Craig Tracey (Con, North Warwickshire)

Chris White (Con, Warwick and Leamington)

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Specific Committee Information:  Jonathan Arkless arklessj [at] parliament [dot] uk 020 7219 1376, Simon Armitage armitages [at] parliament [dot] uk 020 7219 1333

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Publications / Reports / Reference Material: Copies of all select committee reports are available from the Parliamentary Bookshop (12 Bridge St, Westminster, 020 7219 3890) or the Stationery Office (0845 7023474). Committee reports, press releases, evidence transcripts, Bills; research papers, a directory of MPs, plus Hansard (from 8am daily) and much more, can be found on

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