HC Deb 25 June 2002 vol 387 c831W
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. [64109]

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. Cox

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers working in schools in the Greater London area are between(a) 50 and 55 and (b) 55 years and over. [63588]

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.