§ Mr. Hancock
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many vacancies, unfilled with permanent staff, in secondary schools there are in the Portsmouth, South constituency; how many there were in 1997; and if she will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Miliband
The number of vacancies for full-time teachers in maintained secondary schools in Hampshire were:
Vacancy numbers January 1997 January 2001 Former Hampshire 33 n/a Hampshire n/a 85 Portsmouth n/a 36 Southampton n/a 27
This is the most recent available information.
Hampshire local authority was affected by the local government reorganisation (LGR) on 1 April 1997, when it became three authorities; Portsmouth, Southampton and Hampshire. Figures for 1997 are for the Hampshire local authority prior to LGR.
Information on teacher vacancies by constituency is not held centrally.