To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of supply teachers working in maintained schools, broken down by local authority area, in the current academic year. 
Occasional teacher numbers (teachers on contracts of less than a month who were in service for the whole of the survey date) in the maintained schools sector in England are shown in table 17 of the January 2002 edition of Statistics of Education: School Workforce in England. This table shows data for January 2002 the most recent data currently available. A copy of this volume has been placed in the Library. The table is also available on the statistics section of the DfES website at: www.dfes.qov.uk/statistics/DBA/OL/v0380/456–t17.htm.