To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, how many teachers other than those in further or higher education or independent schools (a) were made redundant and (b) did not have their contracts renewed for each month from September 1996 to September 1997. 
[holding answer 6 November 1997]: The information requested is not available.
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his Answer of 29 October, Official Report, column 819, what proportion of teachers, other than those in further and higher education or independent schools, who retired under the age of 60 years in the period October 1996 to September 1997 retired (a) on the grounds of (i) ill-health, (ii) efficiency or (iii) redundancy and (b) aged (1) under 30, (2) 30 to 34, (3) 35 to 39, (4) 40 to 44, (5) 45 to 49, (6) 50 to 54 and (7) 55 to 59 years. 
[holding answer 6 November 1997]: There were 19,310 retirements aged under 60 from the maintained schools sector in England and Wales between October 1996 and September 1997 on the grounds of ill-health, efficiency or redundancy. The number of retirements is provisional. The percentage breakdown by age group and type of retirement is given below.
|Age at retirement||Ill-health1||Premature||Total retirements|
|30 to 34||—||n/a||n/a||—|
|35 to 39||1||n/a||n/a||1|
|40 to 44||2||n/a||n/a||2|
|45 to 49||6||n/a||n/a||6|
|50 to 54||9||9||41||59|
|55 to 59||5||4||23||32|
|—= less than 0.5 per cent.|
|n/a = not applicable.|
|1Provisional. Figures are likely to change because of late notifications.|