Inner London Education Authority

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:06 pm on 5th April 1984.

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Photo of Harriet Harman Harriet Harman , Peckham 4:06 pm, 5th April 1984

Is it not appropriate for the House to congratulate all those who stood up for London's education service — parents, teachers, non-teaching staff, the governors and the Labour-led ILEA —and forced this U-turn on the Government? Is it not the case that London's education is still suffering grievously because of spending cuts? What an odd sense of priority the Secretary of State has when he chooses to criticise and punish ILEA, which is one out of only six of the 96 education authorities in the country which his own inspectors have said is providing a service for the full range of educational needs. Should he not——