§ 18. Mr. Merchant
To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessments he has made of the comparative performance of grant-maintained schools and local education authority schools. 
§ Mr. Robin Squire
On average, grant-maintained primary schools achieve better results at key stage 1 than LEA primary schools, and grant-maintained comprehensive schools achieve better GCSE results and higher attendance rates than their LEA counterparts. These comparisons remain true even when socio-economic differences in the schools' intakes are discounted.