I was very interested in Tessa Blackstone's reaction to your article "Blunkett off message" (TES, July 30). In making her case for the continued emphasis Government places on engaging the business community, she states "that at least 40 per cent of the places on the new Learning and Skills Councils will be for business''.
This is a great relief to all of us who have had the opportunity over recent years to admire the input made by business people to training and enterprise council boards and who, until Baroness Blackstone clarified matters, were labouring under the impression that 40 per cent of the places would be given to employers, only some of whom would be business people, others coming from the public sector. This reassertion of the business community's role is very reassuring.
Richard Bindless Chief executive, Bolton and Bury Chamber Clive House, Clive Street Bolton, Lancashire