§ Mr. Willis
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) if he will make a statement on the methods used to allocate initial teacher training places to each subject; 
(2) if he will make a statement on the number of initial teacher training places allocated to religious education. 
§ Mr. Miliband
[holding answer 20 May 2004]: The allocation of undergraduate and postgraduate teacher training places in England by phase and subject is informed by the outputs of the Teacher Supply Model. Details of how the model works may be found in the paper "Teacher Supply and Demand Modelling: A Technical Description", a copy of which has been placed in the Library.
On 27 December last year, I announced that, for 2004/05, 730 training places would be available for religious education, 30 more than in the current year. These do not include places on employment-based training programmes.