§ Helen Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what research his Department has commissioned into the effect of studying information communications technology on developing children's ability in other subjects; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Charles Clarke
In recent years the Department has commissioned a range of relevant studies and evaluations. These include
- The Impact of IT on Children's Achievements (1992)
- Preparing for the Information Age (1997)
- The UK ILS Evaluations (1998).
As part of the National Grid for Learning, the Department will be initiating further studies in the development and use of ICT within the curriculum.
In addition, the Teacher Training Agency has commissioned a major research study into effective pedagogy for the use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) in literacy and numeracy in primary schools.