HC Deb 11 November 1999 vol 337 cc781-2W
Mr. Pickthall

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many trained primary teachers are registered as unemployed. [97917]

Miss Melanie Johnson

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Director of the Office for National Statistics. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Tim Holt to Mr. Colin Pickthall, dated 11 November 1999: As Director of the Office for National Statistics (ONS), I have been asked to reply to your recent parliamentary question on trained primary teachers registered as unemployed. In September 1999, there were 3,584 people claiming unemployment-related benefits in the United Kingdom whose usual occupation was in the primary and nursery education teaching profession. 4,058 claimants said they were seeking a job in that profession. Separate figures for primary and nursery education are not available. Nor is information available on the number of claimants who have actually trained as primary school teachers.