§ Helen Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many classroom assistants were employed in schools in Warrington North(a) in 1997 and (b) at the last date for which figures are available. 
§ Mr. Miliband
The full-time equivalent number of teaching assistants in maintained schools is recorded in January of each year on the Annual School Census. In Warrington, North constituency there were 120 teaching assistants in maintained schools in 1997 and 230 in 2003.
1 Includes teaching assistants, nursery assistants in nursery schools, special needs support staff and minority ethnic pupil support staff.