§ 17. Mr. David Heath
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what is the average annual salary for teaching staff in local education authority schools in(a) the south-west region and (b) England. 
§ Ms Estelle Morris
The estimated average salary of full-time teaching staff, including heads and deputies, in the local education authority maintained nursery/primary, secondary and special sector received during 1998–99 was £24,100 in England and £24,000 in the south-west region.
Average salaries at local education authority level are likely to vary for a number of reasons including: the grade structures required by the mix of school sizes, teacher's average length of service and payment of recruitment and retention points. The estimate takes account of the staged pay award in 1998–99, 2 per cent. in April with the full 3.8 per cent. paid in December.