To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people entered Work-Based Learning for Adults in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
The information requested is in the table. Figures provided are for England only, as responsibility for Government-funded training in Wales and Scotland is devolved to the Welsh Assembly and the Scottish Parliament respectively.
|Work-Based Learning for Adults (WBLA)—Delivered by Training and Enterprise Councils|
|Starts to WBLA|
DfEE WBLA Trainee Database
Work Based Learning for Adults (WBLA)—Delivered by Jobcentre Plus
Starts to WBLA
|April 2002 to December 02||53,200|
DWP WBLA Evaluation Database
Several factors have contributed to the reduction in the numbers of people starting Work-Based Learning for Adults (WBLA) since 1997. These include: the fall in unemployment since 1997; the restriction of WBLA provision to people aged 25 and over (excluding exempt groups) following the introduction of New Deal for Young People; and the introduction of New Deal 25 plus in April 2001. This resulted in JSA recipients unemployed for over 18 months becoming ineligible for Work Based Learning for Adults.