Tuesday, 29 March 2011

West London Free School: Freedom of Info demand made

A curious Freedom of Information request has been made about our forthcoming newest school in H&F, the West London Free School. Controversial it has been since broadcaster Toby Young first tried to establish it over the border in Ealing, there are now apparently questions being asked about the role of Boris Johnson and whether or not there was hospitality involved.

This request hasn't been answered yet by the Mayor but it will have to be, and suppporters of the school will doubtless regard this as little more than a muck raking excercise. In any event our own Council is already in the motions of selling Paddenswick House to the School now that it has received the formal go-ahead from the Government.

But the fact that questions still linger about how Free Schools have been supported in our part of West London mean the arguments have gone away, just yet.

Here is what the questionner has asked of the Mayor:
25 March 2011

Dear Greater London Authority,

I would like to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act.

Can you please list, for the period from May 2006 :


- any meetings held between the Mayor and/or Assembly members and/or officers of GLA family organisations and Toby Young and/or any other representatives of the proposed 'West London Free School' or any other promoters of prospective 'Free Schools' ;
- those present at such meetings ; and copies of relevant declarations of interest or hospitality by elected members or officers
- any costs incurred in the holding of these meetings (an estimate will suffice)
- any other actual,notional or planned costs incurred by the GLA family organisations in feasibility or any other costs associated with proposed 'Free Schools' (an estimate will suffice)

Thank you in advance for your assistance.
Yours faithfully,
Kieron Smith

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