HC Deb 11 February 1986 vol 91 c422W
Mr. Watts

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science why he is unwilling to make explicit statutory provision for the representation of commerce and industry on school governing bodies.

Mr. Dunn

As I explained in answer to my hon. Friend's question on 4 February at column116, governing bodies' proposed new duty to co-opt additional governors will serve to broaden their membership. They will be urged to secure the appropriate wider representation of the communities served by their schools. It would be inappropriate to predetermine such co-options since adequate representation of some relevant interests, such as industry and commerce, may well arise indirectly through the ordinary election and appointment of governors.

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