§ Mr. Hancock
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many full-time equivalents per 10,000 population work in social services in(a) Portsmouth, South and (b) Hampshire; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Jacqui Smith
I have been asked to reply.
The number of full-time equivalents employed by the local authority social services department at 30 September 2000 per 10,000 (population measured at 30 June 2000) was 58.11 for Portsmouth unitary authority and 26.38 for Hampshire shire county. These figures compare with an England average of 43.44.
Portsmouth unitary authority covers a larger area than Portsmouth, South constituency. Data are available only for councils with social services responsibilities and not for parliamentary constituencies.709W