§ Mr. Spring:
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many (a) middle and (b) upper school teacher vacancies there have been in Suffolk in each year since 1996–97; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) how many primary school teacher vacancies there were in Suffolk in each year since 1996–97; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Miliband:
Information on teacher vacancies is available for nursery, primary and secondary schools. The data for Suffolk Local Education Authority are given in the table.
Vacancies1 Nursery/Primary Secondary 1997 15 15 1998 8 14 1999 14 17 2000 8 11 2001 41 47 2002 39 42 2003 6 17 1 Advertised vacancies for full-time permanent appointments (or appointments of at least one term's duration).
Includes vacancies being filled on a temporary basis of less than one term.
DfES annual form 618G survey of teachers in service and teacher vacancies.