HC Deb 29 July 1975 vol 896 cc460-1W
57. Mr. Freud

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many teachers are currently registered as unemployed; how this compares with July 1974; whether it is his policy to encourage students to enter teacher-training colleges; and if he will make a statement.

Miss Joan Lestor

In March 1975, the latest date for which the Department of Employment has figures, 1,585 unemployed school teachers were recorded at employment offices in England and Wales; the comparable figure for March 1974 was 1,466. I am anxious to secure the best recruits to training within the approved numbers, and increased numbers to study certain subjects, teachers of which are still in short supply.