§ Mr. Laws
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assistance the Technology Colleges Trust is giving to schools seeking specialist status; how many grants have been facilitated by the trust in order to help schools to meet the £50,000 threshold of specialist status since 1997; and if she will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Timms
[holding answer 23 January 2002]: The Technology Colleges Trust is an independent charitable trust grant-aided by the Department to advise schools in drawing up applications, and through its work in promoting the Specialist Schools Programme attracts sponsorship to support individual school's applications.1016W
demonstrate better value for money than the PSC, as well as satisfy various other criteria necessary to demonstrate the viability of the project.