To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have participated in New Deal 25 plus; and how many people have left the scheme for work. 
The information requested is in the table.
|Total number of participants||Total number of people moving into jobs||Number of leavers moving into unsubsidized, sustained employment1|
|New Deal 25 plus (from July 1998 to September 2002)||534,400||126,300||93,600|
|1 To have left the programme, New Deal clients must not re-claim Jobseeker's Allowance within 13 weeks. Sustained employment is defined as employment lasting 13 weeks or more. Therefore, all jobs gained by New Deal leavers are sustained jobs.|
New Deal Evaluation Database.
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the changes in the proportion of New Deal for Young People leavers entering unsubsidised, sustained employment since the scheme began. 
The New Deal for Young People is continuing to help significant numbers of disadvantaged young people into work. Many of these have moved into jobs more quickly and have stayed there longer than they would have done without the New Deal. Up to September 2002, 313,700 New Deal clients had moved into jobs lasting 13 weeks or more.Since 1999, the proportion of leavers to known destinations entering unsubsidised, sustained jobs has remained largely constant at around 54 per cent. Research has also shown that people leaving to unknown destinations are just as likely to leave the New Deal for work as those going to known destinations. Further evaluation is planned this year to confirm this position. Jobcentre Plus is working closely with New Deal providers to improve the collection and recording of the destinations of programme participants.The change in the proportion of leavers from the New Deal for Young People entering unsubsidised, sustained employment is largely due to an increase in leavers going to unknown destinations (from 25 per cent. in 1998 to just under 33 per cent. so far in 2002).As long-term youth unemployment has been virtually eradicated, we are now also getting feedback from those delivering the New Deal that an increasing proportion of people on the programme are facing greater barriers to moving into sustained employment. That is why we have introduced initiatives such as StepUP and progress2work which build on the New Deal and help the most disadvantaged people overcome the barriers they face and move into work.
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) young people, (b) single mothers, (c) disabled people, (d) people over 50 and (e) other categories for which information is collected have benefited from the New Deal in Nottingham North since its inception. 
The available information is in the table.
|New Deal||Total number of programme participants in Nottingham north1|
|New Deal for young people (from January 1998)||2720|
|New Deal 25 plus (from July 1998)||1940|
|New Deal for Lone Parents (from July 1998)||2940|
|New Deal 50 plus (Employment Credit claim) (from April 2000) 3||3180|
|1 Up to the end of September 2002, unless stated|
|2 Of these, 880 participants were female|
|3 Figure up to the end of November 2002|
New Deal Evaluation Database
The information is not available at constituency level for the New Deal for Disabled people and new Deal for partners.
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many New Deal 50-plus participants were first time claimants of (a) the employment credit and (b) the training grant, in each month since the scheme went nationwide. 
The information is in the table.
|Month||Number of new training grants||Number of employment credit starts|
Figures are rounded to the nearest 10 and may not sum due to rounding
New Deal evaluation database
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what statistics are routinely collected on the New Deal for Disabled People; (2) how many people in each region have
(a) found work and (b) found sustained work, through the New Deal for Disabled People; 96603
(3) how many people (a) have found work and (b) have found sustained work through the New Deal for Disabled People, broken down according to the nature of the participants' disabilities. 
New Deal for Disabled People (NDDP) is the first national programme designed specifically to help people with health conditions and disabilities move into and keep jobs. Statistics on customer registration with Job Brokers, job entries and sustainability of employment are collected and published on a quarterly basis on the New Deal and NDDP websites.A comprehensive evaluation programme is in place which will enable us to assess the effectiveness of NDDP and ensure that we build on the best of what has been achieved so far. Information about the characteristics of participants, their experiences, views and outcomes of participation in NDDP will be gathered through quantitative research. In addition, qualitative research will examine in greater depth what works for whom, how and why. We will be publishing reports on different elements of the evaluation, as they become available.The available information is in the table.
|Cumulative performance from July 2001 to December 2002|
|National||Number registering with an NDDP job Broker1||Number helped into work by an NDDP job Broker1||Numbers achieving sustained employment following NDDP asistance2|
|1 Job Brokers are paid on work/outcomes actually achieved. They are paid for customers registering with them and for customers that are helped into work. The figures quoted represent registrations and outcomes for which the Job Brokers have been paid.|
|2 Sustained work is defined as the customer remaining in paid employment for at least 26 out of 39 weeks.|
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of those on each option of the New Deal for Young People went into a sustained job in the East Riding of Yorkshire in the most recent quarter for which figures are available. 
Between July and September 2002 (the latest quarter for which figures are available), 45 young people left the New Deal Options for unsubsidised, sustained jobs in the East Riding local authority area. This is 49 per cent. of all leavers from the Options in that period.Due to the small volumes involved, figures for individual New Deal Options cannot be published because of the risk of identifying individuals.