§ Mr. Urwin
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) what estimate she has made of the number of vacancies available to school teachers in the Northern Region; and what is the ratio to unemployed teachers;
(2) how many school teachers are unemployed in the Northern Region, and in the constituency of Houghton-le-Spring;
(3) what estimate she has made of the number of school teachers newly qualified in 1972 who are still awaiting their first appointments; and what are the regional figures.
§ Mr. St. John-Stevas
No estimate has been made, either nationally or regionally, of the number of newly qualified school teachers still awaiting appointment or of the number of vacancies. The percentage of newly qualified teachers in posts this term is similar to that in previous years. Each term there are a number of vacancies and any teachers still seeking posts and willing to go where the jobs are should be able to obtain them next term.