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Martin Lightfoot

Martin Lightfoot has been a director of Penguin Books, Deputy Education Officer (Services) with ILEA, Director of the Schools Industry project, and a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Select Committee on Education, Science and Arts. He is co-author, with Ian Jamieson, of Schools and Industry.

In Defence of ILEA

Martin Lightfoot, 22 December 1983

For many years the Inner London Education Authority has been under threat. It is not liked by Westminster; it is only grudgingly respected by Whitehall. Conservative politicians have long wished that it could be broken up, not least because the chances of right-wing control of the Authority are remote. The Government’s White Paper on the future of the Greater London Council and the Metropolitan Counties, called with a mind-numbing disrespect for the appropriate phrase Streamlining the Cities, appears to let ILEA off lightly. It is proposed that a joint board of the inner London boroughs should take over the responsibility for it, though on this basis it appears that the bureaucracy will remain intact.

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