Such "guidelines", bearing the stamp of a hollow officialdom, have no legal force and yet can insidiously lull an unwary British public into a false sense of security and their author into a sense of his or her self- importance.
What we need is not more bureaucratic claptrap, but a piece of clearly drafted legislation (a species almost extinct in Westminster's version of Jurassic Park) which defines the extent of governor liability and provides some reasonable protections for those who volunteer their services in the cause of further education. Three cheers, then, for John Graystone, but can we have some clear law? The Further and Higher Education Act is, alas, no model of clarity.
JOHN HALL Head of education law Eversheds 85 Queen Victoria Street London EC4