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Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many members of the Teachers Pension Scheme are staff of independent schools; and what (a) administrative and (b) other costs are met by his Department to support those members. 
Jim Knight: As at 31 March 2005, 51,260 teachers at independent schools were members of the Teachers Pension Scheme (TPS) out of a total TPS active membership of 590,032. The TPS is administered under contract by Capita Business Services Ltd under a fixed price contract with an annual fee of around£9 million. That contract fee is not disaggregated between administration costs associated with the different educational sectors. In addition, the Department meets the costs of TPS actuarial and medical advisory services, which total in the region of £500,000 per annum.
Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many teachers took early retirement in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) sex and (b) type of institution from which they retired. 
Jim Knight: The following table provides the number of teachers who took early retirement, (defined as before the normal pension age of 60 on premature, actuarially reduced (ARB) or ill health grounds) in each year from 1997-98 to 2005-06 broken down by sex and type of institution.
|Early retirements by type of institution( 1) and sex, 1997-98 to 2005-06|
|Maintained sector||Other sectors( 2)|
|Financial year||Nursery/primary||Secondary||Special/PRU||Total maintained sector||Independent||Further and higher education||Unknown||Total all sectors|
|(1) The last known institution where the teacher was in teaching service which may have been some years before the date of retirement. (2) Including only those retirements from independent and further and higher education establishments covered under the Teachers(1) Pensions Scheme. (3) The effect of the change in the Teachers' Pensions Scheme, from 31 August 1997, was that many more teachers took early retirement in 1997 than in other years. Actuarially Reduced Benefits are included from 2000-01. (4) Data are provisional. Note: Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.|
Source:DfES, Pensioner statistical system.
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