18th November 1994 at 00:00
Q Do we have to keep formal minutes of governors' committee meetings? What is their status?

A When a governing body establishes a committee with a remit to carry out specified functions, and particularly where that remit includes delegated powers of decision-making, it is vital that proper minutes are kept, that they are formally approved at a subsequent meeting and that they are laid before the full governing body as a report.

Effectively, these meetings are simply extensions of the full governing body and their records are no less important than the main minutes of which, once reported, they form a part.

Key decisions are often taken at committee level and it is essential that they should be accurately recorded.

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