§ Mr. Prior
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will make a statement on arrangements for the transfer of children on the assisted places scheme to another school(a) on compassionate grounds, (b) where there is a financial saving and (c) where there is an educational need. 
§ Mr. Byers
The Education (Schools) Act 1997 allows the transfer of an assisted place between schools only where a school closes, merges with another school, or notifies the Secretary of State that it no longer wishes to participate in the scheme. Transfer is not legally permitted in any other circumstances.