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London Boroughs (Educational Responsibilities)

Volume 981: debated on Friday 21 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many representations he has received, other than from Wandsworth, about the transfer of educational responsibility from the Inner London Education Authority to the London boroughs; who has made these representations; and how many have been for and against the proposal.

By 11 March I had received 24 such representations not counting those from individuals or groups based in or representative of the borough of Wandsworth. Nine of these, in favour of the proposed change, were received from the hon. Members for Ilford, South (Mr. Thorne), Paddington (Mr. Wheeler) and Uxbridge (Mr. Shersby), the Member of the European Parliament for London, North, Councillor Greenman of the City of Westminster council, the Greater London area Conservative education committee, the Merton and Wimbledon Conservative Association, the East Woolwich Conservative and Unionist Association and the Worthing Conservative Association. Fifteen were opposed to the proposed change, from the hon. Member for Bedwellty (Mr. Kinnock), the City of Westminster local government committee of the Labour Party, the Paddington constituency Labour Party, the Woolwich Labour Party, the Hackney, South and Shoreditch Labour Party, the Westminster campaign for the advancement of State education, the National Deaf Children's Society, one each from the governors, the headmaster, the teaching and ancillary staffs, and the branch of the National Union of Teachers of Pimlico school, the home and school association of the George Eliot school, the managers of Christ Church Bentinck school, the Southwark diocesan schools commission, and the committee of directors of London polytechnics.