§ 21. Mr. Pawsey
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the number of schools which have so far applied for grant-maintained status; and what action he intends to take to encourage further applications.
§ Mrs. Rumbold
A total of 22 schools have so far published statutory proposals to become grant-maintained; many more are on the way. My right hon. Friend will continue to do all he can to encourage the development of a healthy grant-maintained sector and greater choice for parents.