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Comprehensive School Closure Policy in Wandsworth

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1283A1: tabled on 18 July 1990

Tabled in the 1989-90 session.

This motion has been signed by 15 Members. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by Tom Cox on 16 July 1990. This is amendment number 1.

View details of the original motion

Suggested amendment

Leave out from 'House' to end and add 'congratulates Wandsworth Borough Council on their imaginative proposals to rescue the local education service from the depths to which it had sunk under the Labour ILEA, with 46 per cent. of parents declining to send their children to local authority schools; welcomes the choice within the new Conservative system of comprehensive, magnet, city technology colleges, voluntary aided city technology colleges and voluntary aided secondary schools; recognises that the closure of three undersubscribed schools will remove from the shoulders of community charge payers the need to pay for 4,000 empty places; believes the proposals are in the best interests of the children of Wandsworth; and invites the honourable Member for Tooting to repeat his slur against the chairman of Wandsworth's Education Committee outside this House.'.

Original motion text

That this House deplores the action of Wandsworth Borough Council in closing Chestnut Grove, Walsingham, John Archer and Battersea Park comprehensive schools as an example of the new brutalism of Conservative policy in Wandsworth, which will deprive large sections of South London of parental choice in co-educational and comprehensive education, since these four schools are to be replaced by two city technology colleges and one denominational magnet school with a music specialism; and further notes with particular concern the funding of one of the proposed city technology colleges by ADT Ltd., which recently took over Britannia Securities, in which a principal investor was Edward Lister, who chairs Wandsworth Education Committee.

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.