§ Mr. Anthony Coombs
To ask the Secretary of State for Education for what purposes the Government intend in future to fund the Grant-Maintained Schools Centre.
§ Mr. Patten
Government grant to the Grant-Maintained Schools Centre will continue to support certain activities related to schools once approved for grant-maintained status. In addition, I now intend that it should be available to support the dissemination of factual information about grant-maintained status. The Grant-Maintained Schools Centre will be bound by the same code of practice as it is proposed should apply to local education authority officers and which is currently under discussion with them. In the meantime, the Grant-Maintained Schools Centre will be bound by the draft code which is the basis for discussion: copies are being deposited in the Libraries of both Houses.