§ Miss McIntosh
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many new teachers were recruited in(a) 1997, (b) 2000 and (c) 2003. 
§ Mr. Miliband
The number of new recruits to initial teacher training in England in those years was as follows:
Academic year Recruits1 1997/98 27,810 2000/01 29,510 2003/04 41,090 1Includes conventional (PGCE/BEd) and employment-based training routes. Source: Teacher Training Agency
The numbers of teachers taking up posts for the first time in maintained schools in England in the 1997–98 and 2000–01 financial years were as follows. Data for 2003–04 are not yet available:
Financial Year New entrants to teaching 1997/98 27,420 2000/01 28,150 110–20 per cent. of pare-time teachers may not be included in the data. Source: Database of Teacher Records.