During exchanges in the Commons, he said: "When the Lord High Everything took control of the DIUS as it was and the department was abolished, one of the parts of collateral damage was the presumed demise of the select committee on innovation, universities and skills.
Before it became the select committee for DIUS, it did a superb job as the committee for science and technology.
Committee chairman Phil Willis said: "We were less than satisfied with the DIUS report, which we found unhelpful and too reliant on promoting a positive tone rather than providing us with clear and comprehensive information.
A DIUS spokesman said the department had achieved a "great deal" in 18 months.
General FE college students and apprentices aged 16 to 19 will come under the DIUS
and, although 16 to 19 year-olds in general FE colleges will be in institutions that are accountable to DIUS
, they and sixth-form college students will be funded by local education authorities.