§ Mr. Ron Davies
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many teachers left the profession in each of the last five years on health grounds; and if any figures are available for those suffering mental stress.
§ Mrs. Rumbold
The table gives the number of teachers in England and Wales granted retirement benefits under the Teachers' Supperannuation Regulations on the grounds of ill-health in each financial year since 1982.
Financial year Number of retirements 1982–83 1,910 1983–84 2,172 1984–85 2,449 1985–86 2,698 1986–87 2,707
Information is not available to show the number of retirements due to stress or stress-related illnesses.