HC Deb 17 May 1991 vol 191 cc278-9W
Mr. Bowis

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will publish the results from his Department's January survey of teacher vacancies.

Mr. Fallon

In England, in January 1991 there were 3,400 full-time vacancies in maintained nursery and primary schools and 2,200 full-time vacancies in secondary schools. These figures are equivalent to 2.0 per cent. of teachers in service in nursery and primary schools and 1.2 per cent. of teachers in service in secondary schools. The overall total of 5,600 vacancies is equivalent to 1.6 per cent. of full-time teachers in service. These vacancy rates compare with 2.1 per cent. for nursery and primary, 1.5 per cent. for secondary and 1.8 per cent. overall last year, an improvement of around 14 per cent. These figures are most encouraging, especially for London, where the improvement on last year is of the order of 33 per cent. The full published details of the survey have been placed in the Library.