Education Select Committee will examine progress towards the formation of the College of Social Work

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From: Mohammed Kasim Ali

9 November 2011

Dear House of Commons,

I would like an email copy be sent to me of:

1) Transcript
2) Notes held
3) Evidence submitted by the witnesses

for the Education Committee taking of Evidence on THE COLLEGE OF
SOCIAL WORK yesterday morning:
http://www.parliament.uk/business/commit...

and notes or information held of Education Committee meetings or
discussions that took place on THE COLLEGE OF SOCIAL WORK after the
evidence session finished at 11.30am

Yours faithfully,

Mohammed Kasim Ali

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9 November 2011

Dear Mr Mohammed Kasim Ali

Thank you for your request for information dated 09 November 2011, received by us on the same date.

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Jenny Wormleighton | IRIS Support Officer
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From: FOICOMMONS
House of Commons

30 November 2011

Dear Mohammed Kasim Ali

Thank you for your request for information relating to the Education Select Committee. You asked for:
(1) Transcript, (2) Notes held and (3) evidence submitted by the witnesses for the Education Committee on 8 November in respect of the College of Social Work, and (4) notes or information held of Education Committee meetings or discussions that took place on the College of Social Work after the evidence session finished at 11.30am

(1) I confirm we hold this information. As is standard practice by select committees taking public evidence, the uncorrected transcript of oral evidence to the Committee on 8 November 2011 on the College of Social Work is publicly available on the Committee’s website (www.parliament.uk/education-committee). The corrected transcript will similarly be placed on the Committee’s website in due course.

(2) I confirm we hold part of this information. Formal Minutes are kept of Committee deliberations and proceedings (both private and public) and these are published on the Committee’s website (www.parliament.uk/education-committee). We cannot confirm or deny under section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 whether we hold any other notes in respect of the meeting on 8 November because, in accordance with section 34 (2)(Parliamentary privilege), an exemption is required for this information to avoid infringing the privileges of the House of Commons. These privileges include the right of select committees to decide how, when and whether to publish information concerning their proceedings. This is an absolute exemption and the public interest test does not apply.

(3) I confirm we hold this information. Written evidence submitted by oral witnesses from 8 November 2011 has been reported to the House and published on the Committee’s website (www.parliament.uk/education-committee).

(4) We cannot confirm or deny under section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 whether we hold any notes or information about any Education Committee meetings or discussions that took place on the College of Social Work after the evidence session finished at 11.30am because, in accordance with section 34 (2)(Parliamentary privilege), an exemption is required for this information to avoid infringing the privileges of the House of Commons. These privileges include the right of select committees to decide how, when and whether to publish information concerning their proceedings. This is an absolute exemption and the public interest test does not apply. As explained under (2) above, the Formal Minutes of Committee meetings are published on the Committee's website. Copies of correspondence between the Committee and the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Children and Families following the evidence session have also been published on the Committee’s website at www.parliament.uk/education-committee.

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Yours sincerely

Bob Castle
Head of Information Rights and Information Security

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