§ Mr. McNamara
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what measures she has introduced to encourage schools to employ teaching assistants on all-year-round contracts. 
§ Mr. Timms
[holding answer 7 May 2002]: I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire (Mr. Kirkwood) on 8 March 2002, Official Report, column 626W.