Select Committee on Children, Schools and Families Minutes of Evidence

Examination of Witnesses (Questions 120-122)


16 JANUARY 2008

  Q120  Chairman: If the pan-London co-operation is going so well, why is Hammersmith and Fulham in the situation that it is, with its vast influx and outflux?

  Dr. Hunter: That is the result of its going so well; it is the result of parental choice. It was always like that in Hammersmith and Fulham; it was always like that in many of the London boroughs. The schools in inner London were not planned to fit the present boroughs at all. A lot of them were on the borders, and a lot of them were over the borders of the areas that they serve because, for 100 years, it was the ILEA that set those things up. Nothing is going to change that. That is why, in London, in 10 or 15 years' time—or at some time or other—there is going to be some arrangement that leads to better co-ordination of planning across the London boroughs.

  Q121  Chairman: So reflecting on what has happened in recent times, you are obviously encouraged by the changes in the code in terms of your ability to intervene. If you were going to make any other changes that would produce a better outcome for education for young people in our country what would they be?

  Dr. Hunter: My personal view is to give some powers back to local authorities and to make sure that they are big enough to be able to accept those powers.

  Q122  Chairman: You are a democrat?

  Dr. Hunter: I am.

  Chairman: That is a dangerous thing to be these days. Dr. Hunter, thank you very much for your evidence. It is a pleasure to see you. In case we do not see you again, may I tell you what a big difference you have made to this Committee? In giving us your evidence, you have also made a big difference to what goes on in the rest of the country. Thank you very much for everything that you have done for us.

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