Tony Colman MP for Putney writes

Busy with Local and International aspects of life.

Education in Wandsworth

In this years resource allocation formula the money going to Wandsworth went up above the rate of inflation. The Government has asked all councils to increase spending on education by around 7%. Wandsworth initially decided not to pass on these increases to schools in Wandsworth as they found they had a shortfall. Since that time they have been offered £1.1 million by the Department of Education over and above their basic allocation, to help cover this shortfall.

I hope that Wandsworth will now agree to fund schools with this extra money. I understand that they do have very significant reserves which can cover any remaining shortfall. I am meeting with head-teachers and governors in the next few weeks to ensure that the Council will not leave individual schools with a shortfall.

Also relating to education, I have been contacted by a number of parents and teachers who are very concerned about the proposal currently being discussed at the Town Hall to close Chartfield School and the Vines School, both catering for children with special educational needs. I do believe that the principle of inclusion is a good one however, with special educational needs varying so greatly, parental choice must take priority.

I would encourage parents to get involved in the consultation and let the council know if they feel strongly about special educational needs or about the facilities at any particular school in Wandsworth.

Council Tax in Wandsworth

I am sure all residents have noticed the pattern with regard to council tax in Wandsworth, (which has made headline news recently); it does seem to be cut in the run up to local elections, and then raised again the following year.


I have also had meetings with Ministers on gun control, and I am supporting the call for stiffer sentencing for those caught in possession of firearms, including replicas. I have also been lobbying the Metropolitan Police Authority to allocate more officers to Wandsworth.

Roehampton Library

I must commend the Council for the refurbishment of Roehampton Library, it now offers excellent computer facilities and a greatly improved the working environment for the very hard working staff there.


Many people have written to me regarding the very important and difficult issue of Iraq. Some have expressed support for the Government's position, others have made clear they disagree. My own position is based on my belief that we are and must remain an active member of the international community and of the United Nations. I have made clear that I feel strongly that the situation has to be resolved through the United Nations.

I have also been involved in an investigation into how prepared the international community is for the impact of any military action on ordinary civilians. If any Putney resident wants to know more about my position, I am happy to engage in correspondence. Alternatively, have a look on my website:

The Food Crisis in Southern Africa

My duties on the International development Select Committee have also involved me in an investigation into the causes and responses to the food crisis in southern Africa. The report will be releases on Tuesday the 11th of March.

On these and any other issues I am always keen to hear the views of Putney constituents. Please feel free to contact me via or by writing to me at the House of Commons.

6th March 2003

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