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Malcolm Wicks: Poverty is about more than low income; it is also about other important factors in people's lives: their health, housing and the quality of their environment. The sixth annual "Opportunity for All" report (Cm 6239), published in September 2004, sets out the Government's strategy for tackling poverty and social exclusion and presents information on the indicators used to measure progress against this strategy.
Mr. Pond: In 200203, an estimated 65 per cent. of households in the South West had incomes below the national mean on the Before Housing Costs income measure, and 64 per cent. on the After Housing Costs measure.
These estimates use the same definition of income used in the Households Below Average Income Series, which is sourced from the Family Resources Survey. It is not possible to provide robust estimates for (b) because of small sample sizes.
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) which contracts for the delivery of the new deal self-employment programme will be terminated at the end of financial year 200405; 
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(2) if he will make a statement on the future of the new deal programme for self-employment. 
Jane Kennedy: There is no separate new deal self-employment programme although participants on new deal can receive advice and guidance on self employment, and can undertake test trading through new deal and work-based learning for adults.
The paper 'Building on New Deal (BoND): local solutions meeting individual needs', published in June 2004, sets out our approach to the development of our welfare to work strategy. This is available in the Library. The BoND programme will deliver a single new deal which will be accessible to all eligible customers. Self-employment support will feature within the BoND menu.
John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reason people over the age of 50 are not eligible to receive skills training for the first six months of their unemployment; and if he will make a statement. 
Jane Kennedy: We focus our resources on those people who need the most help to find employment. Around three quarters of unemployed people aged 50 and over stop claiming jobseeker's allowance within six months. Where we know the destination of these people, about three quarters move into work.
New Deal 50 Plus eligibility, and access to skills training through Work Based Learning for Adults in England, is set at six months to specifically help those people who continue to claim benefits and are in need of extra support to move into work.
Our policies are designed to give people aged over 50 real choice to remain in, or rejoin, the workforce and to decide when and how they retire. In May we will be launching a national guidance campaign to raise employers' awareness of, and ability to adopt, flexible employment and retirement opportunities in order to increase the recruitment, retention and training of older workers.
People on jobseeker's allowance are eligible for further education provision which includes skills (vocational) learning, as long as they continue to meet the jobseeker's allowance conditions for being available for work. They, and their dependants, do not have to contribute towards their tuition fees. There is no minimum time on jobseeker's allowance for further education fee concessions.
Mr. Gardiner: The following table provides information relating to the number of business start-ups offered assistance in the Strangford constituency during the four years 200001 to 200304 and the 11 month period from 1 April 2004 to end February 2005.
|Offers to new business starts|
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the staffing costs of each cross-border body have been as a percentage of total expenditure in each year since their creation; and how many staff work for each body. 
|Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission||57||54||50||53||45|
|The Trade and Business Development Body||27||31||22||21||21|
|Special EU Programmes Body||52||32||50||58||No figures available(13)|
|The North/South Language Body(14)||13||11||9||10||13|
|The Food Safety Promotion Board||8||12||17||14||17|
|Tourism Ireland Ltd.||n/a||4||18||19||19|
|Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission||42|
|The Trade and Business Development Body||39.8|
|Special EU Programmes Body||44|
|The North/South Language Body||49.2|
|The Food Safety Promotion Board||34|
|Tourism Ireland Ltd.||148|
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