§ Mr. Steinberg
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what was the total cost of salaries of teachers in England and Wales in state schools in the last year for which figures are available. 
§ Ms Estelle Morris
The total cost of salaries of teachers in England and Wales in state schools at March 1997 is estimated at £9.9 billion.162W
This is based on salaries for all teachers employed in the maintained nursery, primary, secondary and special sector including pupil referral units. It excludes employer national insurance and pension contributions.