§ Mr. Steinberg
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers(a) applied for and (b) were refused early retirement on the grounds of ill health in (i) 1992–93, (ii) 1993–94 and (iii) 1995–96. 
§ Mr. Timms
The numbers of members of the Teachers' Pension Scheme who retired on the grounds of ill health in each of the years in question were:
Number 1992–93 4,867 1993–94 5,565 1994–95 6,075 1995–96 5,980
Information about the number of applications that were rejected is available only from 1996 when an electronic handling system was introduced.