§ Mr. David Martin
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many available places there are under the assisted places scheme in(a) Portsmouth grammar school, (b) Portsmouth high school for girls and (c) Sir John's college, Southsea; and how many have been taken up. 
§ Mrs. Gillan
The information requested is given in the following table.
Assisted places scheme: Academic year 1996–97 Number of assisted places available Number of assisted places taken up (a) Portsmouth grammar school 234 188 (b) Portsmouth high school for girls 180 135 (c) Sir John's college, Southsea 200 199