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Has the Department for Education and Employment become the first Government department to knight an architect (without him knowing)? Last week it sent out a letter to all the interested parties who had converged on the dfee and ex-schools minister Charles Clarke in the hope of thrashing out all the issues involved with Pimlico School. The letter went to the governors, Westminster Council, the prospective developers ... and one Sir John Bancroft. Perhaps they know something he doesn't!

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