§ Mr. Cotter
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many permanent specialist science teaching vacancies there were in North Somerset local education authority schools for each year since 1979. 
§ Ms Estelle Morris
The number of full-time science teaching vacancies in maintained secondary schools in North Somerset local authority, on the third Thursday in January each year since the authority was created, is as follows:
Year Number 1997 0 1998 1 1999 2 2000 0
The number of regular teachers in maintained schools increased by 6,900 between January 1998 and January 2000.
A DfEE survey of maintained secondary schools in England in the first week of September 2000 indicated that there were about 1,000 secondary teacher vacancies.
There was a growth of 2,000 in the number of people training to be teachers between 1999–2000 and 2000–01, the first such increase since 1992–93.266W