To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what plans he has for the extension of grant-maintained status to all schools.
The current arrangements by which schools may apply for grant-maintained status following a ballot of parents are proving very successful. We have no plans to change them. In time I expect grant-maintained status to become the norm for secondary schools in particular.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many maintained schools have so far (a) applied for and (b) been granted grant-maintained status; and if he will make a statement.
As at 18 February 1992, 288 schools had applied for grant-maintained status and 199 had been approved, with 55 awaiting decision.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many secondary schools have now been approved for grant-maintained status; and how many applications are still under consideration.
As at 18 February, 174 secondary schools had been approved for grant-maintained status and 35 applications were still under consideration.