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New Deal

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what research his Department has (a) completed and (b) is undertaking on the social, economic and fiscal costs and benefits of the New Deal. [111170]

Ms Jowell [holding answer 22 February 2000]: The Department for Education and Employment and the Employment Service have a comprehensive programme of research and evaluation underway to measure the impact of all aspects of New Deal. All the evaluation studies are carried out by independent external research organisations and all are published.

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The research and evaluation programme comprises quantitative and qualitative research with individual participants, quantitative and qualitative research with employers, case studies of delivery and impact, and macro-economic evaluation and analysis.

As part of this programme the Employment Service has commissioned independent analysis of the economic and fiscal costs and benefits of the New Deal for Young People. First results are reported in "The New Deal for Young People: First Year Analysis of Implications for the Macroeconomy", which was published in December 1999 and is available in the library (reference ESR 33). Analysis will continue and will be published in future annual summary reports of the macroeconomic evaluation of the New Deal for young people.

Information on the wider social effects of New Deal is being collected in various New Deal evaluation surveys and will be analysed in published final reports.

The following elements of the NDYP evaluation have been completed and published:


The following strands of the evaluation are still underway:



    Quantitative survey of individuals participants--Stage 2 follow-up survey (interviews underway)


    Quantitative survey of participating employers


    Evaluation of New Deal for Musicians


    Survey of leavers from Options to unknown destinations


    Evaluation of Intensive Gateway Trailblazers.

Mr. Alasdair Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will state the number and percentage of participants in the New Deal for 18 to 24-year-olds in (a) Great Britain, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales who have entered unsubsidised sustained employment through the New Deal; and if he will list the areas in Scotland where a smaller percentage of participants than the (i) Great Britain average and (ii) the Scottish average figures have entered unsubsidised sustained employment through the New Deal; and if he will list the number and percentage of those entering unsubsidised sustained employment in each of those areas of Scotland. [111280]

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Ms Jowell [holding answer 22 February 2000]: The information requested is set out in the tables. Many other young people will have found work without telling the Employment Service.

Percentage of New Deal starts gaining sustained unsubsidised employment

Percentage
Scotland28
Wales30
GB29

Scottish Units of delivery with a smaller percentage than the GB average

Sustained unsubsidised jobsAs a percentage of New Deal starts
Ayrshire1,14727
Dumfries and Galloway32327
Edinburgh, East and Mid Lothian98628
Fife97728
Glasgow1,92223
Grampian47128
Renfrewshire76828
Caithness and Sutherland7127
Orkney1826
Shetland1423


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Scottish Units of delivery with a smaller percentage than the Scotland average

Sustained unsubsidised jobsAs a percentage of New Deal starts
Ayrshire1,14727
Dumfries and Galloway32327
Glasgow1,92223
Caithness and Sutherland7127
Orkney1826
Shetland1423

Dr. Godman: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many (a) males aged under 25 years, (b) females aged under 25 years, (c) males aged over 25 and, (d) females aged over 25, in (i) Inverclyde, (ii) Renfrewshire and (iii) Scotland as a whole have participated in the New Deal; of these how many entered full-time employment afterwards; and if he will make a statement. [111501]

Ms Jowell [holding answer 28 February 2000]: The figures shown in the table relate to the period ending December 1999.

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18-24 New Deal 25+ New Deal
MaleFemaleMaleFemale
Numbers starting New Deal
Greenock and Inverclyde constituency43218024745
Renfrewshire Unit of Delivery2,1186501,328191
Scotland33,43011,37018,0503,070
Numbers entering unsubsidised employment
Greenock and Inverclyde constituency17073257
Renfrewshire Unit of Delivery84236013724
Scotland14,2304,0801,860318

Note:

These figures demonstrate the effectiveness of the New Deal in getting long-term unemployed people into work


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Access Funds and Hardship Loans

Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Wirral, South (Mr. Chapman) of 25 January 2000, Official Report, column 151W, if he will tabulate the annual cost component element of his package for access funds and hardship loans. [112124]

Mr. Wicks [holding answer 28 February 2000]: Of the £68 million which the package will cost in a full year, £10 million is identified for bursaries for disadvantaged young students, administered through Access Funds. The package did not contain any cost component for Hardship Loans. Furthermore, in 2000-01 we are making available £17 million for bursaries for mature students and £57 million for a Hardship Fund.

Further Education

Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will make a statement on the (a) adequacy and (b) sufficiency of further education funding in the East Midlands. [112116]

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Mr. Wicks [holding answer 28 February 2000]: Analysis undertaken by the FEFC as part of its monitoring of potential risks to adequacy and sufficiency of provision indicates that there are seven, out of a total of 33 colleges funded by the FEFC within the East Midlands, assessed as category C. That classification implies that a college is financially weak or may become dependent on the goodwill of others. The Council has instigated strategies in regard to these institutions. Where there is any risk to adequacy and sufficiency the Council will be taking a proactive role in working with those colleges needing support.

Mr. St. Aubyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will make a statement on the change in the number of full-time equivalent students in further education sector colleges funded by the Further Education Funding Council since 1997. [112360]

Mr. Wicks: The Further Education Funding Council estimate that full-time equivalent student numbers were 1 per cent. lower in 1998-99 than in 1997-98, reflecting the clampdown on the unacceptable aspects of franchising which grew up under the previous Administration. The

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FEFC will be consulting on measures to support recruitment in line with our plans, which provide for an increase of 700,000 students in FE by 2001-02.

Jean Monnet Projects

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what arrangements are in place to monitor the political neutrality of Jean Monnet projects. [112337]

Ms Jowell: The Jean Monnet project awards funds to support European courses in the Higher Education Sector. The project is run by the European Commission in consultation with university authorities. Member States authorities have no involvement in the programme, which is administered by the Commission's Directorate-General Education and Culture.


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