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