§ Helen Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what discussions he has had with OFSTED on the recent errors made in selecting schools for inspection in the autumn term; and what steps are being taken to prevent such errors occurring in the future. 
§ Mr. Byers
HM Chief Inspector of Schools wrote to my right hon. Friend on 19 January to apologise for an error which had resulted in around 500 of the 1,350 schools which had recently been notified of an inspection in the autumn term 1998 being incorrectly chosen, and to inform him of the action which had been84W taken to correct the error. I have asked HM Chief Inspector to write to my hon. Friend and to place a copy of his letter in the library.