§ Mr. Hancock
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) how many days(a) primary school teachers and (b) secondary school teachers took as sickness absence in 2002 in (i) the Portsmouth South constituency and (ii) the United Kingdom, broken down by (A) full-time and (B) part-time teachers; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) how many (a) primary school teachers and (b) secondary school teachers took sickness absence in 2002 in (i) the Portsmouth South constituency and (ii) the United Kingdom, broken down by (A) full-time and (B) part-time teachers; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Miliband
The information is not available in the form requested. The table shows data on sickness absence1 taken by full-time and part-time teachers in Portsmouth Local Education Authority and in the English maintained schools sector. The data cannot be broken down by phase or Parliamentary constituency and are provisional.
Full time Part time Teachers Days absence Teachers Days absence Portsmouth LEA 780 8,220 130 1,040 England 246,300 2,461,000 37,300 338,900 1 Sickness absence on working days, whether paid absence or not, of teachers with permanent contracts or contracts of over one month, including teachers without QTS. The numbers of teachers taking sick leave includes an individual teacher only once however many periods of sickness absence they have had.
2001 data were taken from the Sickness Absence Statistical First Release. Final 2001 data will be published in the teachers statistical volume in January 2003.
Table 1: Estimated maintenance grant funding in real1 terms £ million 1998–99 1999–2000 2000–01 2001–02 2002–03 England 663 670 670 684 696 Wales 41 41 42 43 44 England and Wales 704 711 713 728 740
1. Figures have been converted to 1995–96 price levels using the November 2002 GDP deflators.
2. Figures may not sum due to rounding.
3. Includes medical and dental students and allied professionals, grant funding for whom under the new student arrangements, has been transferred to the Department of Health.