Saturday, April 23, 2005

A Letter To Enfield District Council

Dear Sir or Madam,

I am writing to Enfield Council to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act for statistics relating to the percentages of pupils at primary or secondary schools in Enfield who are the children of asylum seekers, with cases which are still pending, or whether such figures can be provided regarding the situation in the recent past.

I would also be interested to know if you can provide me with information regarding problems of over-crowding in Enfield's schools; for example, the average pupil : teacher ratio across all schools compared to a decade ago, and the number of children who are unable to attend their first choice of school in the district.

I would be interested in all records, whether in electronic, paper or other forms.

I am interested as to whether Conservative candidate for Enfield North, Nick De Bois, can possibly be correct in asserting "bogus asylum seekers" are to blame for "the strain on local schools". (We have no way of knowing if the asylum seekers with children at Enfield schools are "bogus", of course, but it will be revealing to see what percentage is made up by the children of applicants whose cases have not been decided).

Naturally, I will be interested to hear of any photocopying charges you advise me will be necessary to provide the information, as required by the Act.

Yours sincerely,