HC Deb 20 April 2004 vol 420 c482W
Mr. Chapman

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teaching assistants there were in schools in Wirral South in (a) each of the last seven years and (b) on the latest date for which figures are available. [166625]

Mr. Miliband

In the Wirral South constituency there were 130 full-time equivalent teaching assistants in service in maintained schools in January 2003. This is the latest information available. The table gives the corresponding numbers since 1997.

1997 50
1998 50
1999 50
2000 60
2001 80
2002 100
Annual School's Census.