§ Mr. Coleman
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many trainee teachers have benefited from golden hellos in each year since 1998, broken down by Government office region. 
§ Mr. Miliband
The Department has received claims from local education authorities for reimbursement of golden hello payments made post-training to teachers in the local Government office regions as follows:
2000–011 2001–021 East Midlands 86 51 East of England 122 88 London 112 73 North East 29 16 North West 167 129 South East 168 61 South West 122 64 West Midlands 136 47 Yorkshire and the Humber 131 40 1 Financial year
The decline in the number of golden hellos paid in 2001–02 is caused by teachers deferring to take their payment until after completion of induction under the new arrangements operating from September 2000. The number of payments is expected to rise significantly in 2002–03.
§ Mr. Miliband
The numbers of teachers in regular full or part-time service in the maintained schools sector in London Government office region at 31 March 2000 (the latest date for which provisional data are available) who were(a) aged 50 and 54 inclusive and (b) aged 55 or over were as follows:
Full-time Part-time Total 50 to 54 6,800 1,400 8,200 55 and over 3,300 1,200 4,500
Some 10 per cent. to 20 per cent. of part-timers are not recorded on the Teacher's Pension Scheme, from which the data are obtained.