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Teacher Training

Volume 127: debated on Thursday 11 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many teacher-training places have been available in Northern Ireland during the past five years; and what is the estimated number of places needed during the next five years in each of the institutions offering teacher training in the Province.

The information is as follows:

Academic yearsNumber
1983–84630
1984–85640
1985–86640
1986–87640
1987–88735
For 1988–89, a total of 735 places have been allocated — 110 to Queen's University of Belfast, 145 to the University of Ulster and 240 each to St. Mary's and Stranmillis colleges. Intake places beyond 1988–89 have not yet been determined and estimates would be unreliable.
EasternNorthernSouthernWestern
Mid-1986 estimate of population642,100379,000288,900256,800
Hospital and Community Health Services and Family Practitioner Services525285355390
Personal Social Services85616363
Total610346418453
Hospital and Community Health Services and Family Practitioner Services545294366404
Personal Social Services88636566
Total633357431470
1 These figures include expenditure which is incurred centrally by the Department and which is not possible to attribute to individual Boards.
2 Comparisons of per capita spending by Boards are not meaningful as administrative populations do not coincide with actual catchment populations for man services including regional medical services, acute hospital services, psychiatric and mental handicap hospital services.