§ Mr. Nigel Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what plans she has to promote an increase in the availability of computers in schools before the next general election. 
§ Mr. Robin Squire
The Department is continuing to promote the availability of computers in schools through its programme of grants for education support and training and by other means.
§ Mr. Squire
The Department has continued to support the development of pupils' information technology skills in a number of ways. These include the establishment of IT as a separate subject within the national curriculum; the programme of grants for education support and training which supports the purchase of computer 399W hardware, software and teacher training in IT; and support for the work of the National Council for Educational Technology.