§ Mr. Tracey
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on his plans for the operation of the assisted places scheme operating for parents of pupils in independent schools in the next academic year.
§ Mr. Fallon
The assisted places scheme, which has operated every year since 1981, will operate again in the academic year 1991–92 when a total of 33,450 places will be available. A statement about the annual adjustment of the parental contribution scales for the scheme will be made shortly.