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Parliament launches Digital Skills Committee

Last week, the House of Lords announced the creation of a new Select Committee on Digital Skills to consider and report on IT, technology, competitiveness and skills in the UK.

On 12th June, three days after the original announcement, the Committee members were officially revealed, including Baroness Morgan of Huyton from Labour as the Chairman.

The other members are:

It is expected that an inquiry will be formally launched in the next few weeks – a call for evidence will be published late June or early July.

Recommendations are expected to be submitted and a report published by 5th March 2015.

The Digital Skills Committee will be meeting in private on 18th June where further details about how the members intend to proceed will be discussed.

Lords Committees are set up to investigate specific policy areas and issues – whether it’s short, narrowly focused investigations or broad, long-term inquiries – and then report on their findings.

Ad hoc Committees are formed when subject falls outside of these areas but the House of Lords still wishes to consider a certain issue.

Previously, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has investigated a number of digital public sector projects, including the Criminal Justice IT System and the retired NHS Choose and Book programme.