First, the parents who will be on LEA committees will be parent governors. Second, they will be elected by other parent governors in an LEA.
Since the LEA already appoints a number of other school governors, it is sensible that parent governors are the ones with a guaranteed place on the committee. It is of course open to LEAs - and we would encourage them to do so - to include in a non-voting capacity others including governors and teachers.
STEPHEN BYERS. School standards minister. Department for Education and Employment. Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, Westminster, London SW1
Editor: Our apologies for overlooking the amendment to the Bill on January 29 which substituted representatives of parent governors for representatives of parents.