§ Mrs. Peacock
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many teachers in Kirklees have retired before the age of 60 years for reasons of health and disability during each of the past six years; how many returned subsequently to supply teaching; and what was the extra cost of these early retirements. 
§ Mrs. Gillan
Teachers from the maintained nursery, primary, secondary and special sector in Kirklees LEA, who took retirement on the grounds of ill health from 1990–91 to 1995–96, are shown in the table:
Financial year Number of early retirements due to ill health1 1990–91 38 1991–92 30 1992–93 45 1993–94 63
Financial year Number of early retirements due to ill health1 1994–95 50 1995–96 (prov.) 43 1 Excludes those last recorded in sixth form colleges. May include a small number retiring at age 60 or over.
The number of teachers returning to supply teaching is not known. The extra cost of early retirements in Kirklees could only be calculated at disproportionate cost.