Teacher Vacancies

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:04 pm on 24 October 2001.

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Photo of Baroness Sharp of Guildford Baroness Sharp of Guildford Liberal Democrat 3:04, 24 October 2001

My Lords, can the Minister confirm that the survey conducted during September showed that there are over 1,000 teacher vacancies in primary schools? In view of that, and in view of the continuing problems regarding the retention of teachers in primary schools, can she explain to the House why this year the department has seen fit to cut by 600 the number of training places available for primary education?