§ Mr. Maclean
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many teacher redundancies in maintained schools there were(a) during the academic year 1999–2000 and (b) in the previous five academic years. 
§ Ms Estelle Morris
The number of teacher premature retirements on the grounds of redundancy1 from the maintained nursery, primary, secondary and special sector in England and Wales by financial year2 is in the table:
Year Number 1994–95 2,400 1995–96 3,300 1996–97 2,900 1997–98 2,300 1 Data on teachers taking severance on the grounds of redundancy are not held centrally. 2 Data for 1998–99 and 1999–2000 are not available.