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Volume 448: debated on Wednesday 5 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many people below the age of 19 years have received support from Connexions in (a) Yeovil constituency and (b) Somerset in the past 12 months. (82179)

The Department collects data on the number of interventions provided but not on the number of young people receiving support. In the past 12 months 33,433 young people were counted in the Connexions cohort of young people in Somerset. They received a total of 37,935 interventions. The Department does not hold this information at constituency level.

Departmental guidance is that, to count as an intervention there needs to be some element of assistance involving a substantial or meaningful exchange with the young person. This should be of enough significance to be noted in their client record. It would normally exclude straightforward referrals to specific opportunities, e.g. job submissions, the provision of factual information and simple follow up to find out if the young person still wanted assistance.