§ Mr. Clappison
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what factors underlay his decision to exclude Independent School Council schools from the ICT Training Grants scheme for teachers. 
§ Mr. Wills
National Lottery funding for ICT training is not available to teachers in the independent sector because of the need to maintain a viable programme within the limited Lottery money available. The basis on which the New Opportunities Fund funds the training programme was set out in their Policy Directions, copies of which are available in the Libraries of both Houses. The Department is currently exploring ways in which the independent and state sector can work together in order to spread good practice in the use of ICT training.