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Connexions

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 29 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much was spent on the Connexions service in each year since it was established; and how many people received advice from the service in each of those years. (130648)

Connexions was introduced in a staged way from April 2001. The following table provides information on the budgets and numbers of interventions with young people for each year since the service’s inception. The intervention data are included as information on the number of people receiving advice is not collected.

Connexions budget (£ million)

Careers Service budget (£ million)

Interventions

2001-02

151

173

1,257,437

2002-03

378

52

3,090,000

2003-04

455

3,656,000

2004-05

470

3,908,000

2005-06

475

4,264,000

2006-07

476

1

1 Not yet available

Notes:

1. The above figures reflect the staged way in which Connexions was introduced.

2. Young people also receive support from Connexions through group activities and events and from Connexions Direct, none of which are included in the above intervention figures. There are over 130,000 visits per week to the Connexions Direct website, with around 6,000 contacts per week to the helpline.