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Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of the effect on costs to the Exchequer of the cap on the level of the age-related national insurance rebates for contracted-out pension schemes for each year from 1992-93 to 2007-08; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) what the saving to the public purse has been from capping contracted-out rebates to (a) money purchase schemes and (b) appropriate personal pensions since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
|Contracted-out money purchase schemes||Contracted-out personal pension schemes|
|(1) Denotes where savings are less than £50 million|
1. Figures represent savings to the National Insurance Fund arising from the capping of age-related rebates
2. Figures are for GB and are expressed cash terms rounded to the nearest £100 million
3. Figures are consistent with long-term PBR 2006 projections
4. Age-related rebates were not introduced until 1997-98 so had no impact on the National Insurance Fund for the period 1992-93 to 1996-97
5. Figures for 2007-08 are based on DWP estimates. Figures before that are based on actual out-turn data but are still subject to a high degree of uncertainty due behavioural effects associated with the rebate cap.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 18 June 2007, Official Report, column 1540W, on national insurance contributions: rebates, for what reasons the Government are expecting the number of people in contracted-out defined benefit pension schemes to fall between 2006-07 and 2015-16; and if he will make a statement. 
James Purnell: The reason estimates of the number of individuals contracted out in defined benefit pension schemes between 2006-07 and 2015-16 is shown to be declining, is due to a fall in the number of private sector contracted-out defined benefit schemes, and a fall in the number of such schemes open to new members. This is based on evidence from the 2004 and 2005 GAD Occupational Pension Schemes Survey.
Information on the number of people leaving new deal 50 plus who are recorded as having an immediate destination of employment, by the month they left, is provided in the table. This information is only available from February 2004.
|New deal 50 plus|
|Number of leavers to employment|
1. Data on leavers is only available from February 2004.
2. Latest information is to November 2006.
3. Figures do not include people who have moved into employment but remain on the programme.
4. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
Information Directorate, DWP from IMS (Labour Market System) data.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people the Government estimate to have been eligible to participate in the New Deal for Partners in each month since 2004. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what training is compulsory for people who are entering the new deal for young people for the (a) first time and (b) second and subsequent times. 
Mr. Jim Murphy: New deal for young people is a mandatory programme for participants. Those who have not found work and left jobseeker's allowance after completing the Gateway part of the programme are required to participate in one of four Options: the Employment Option; the Full Time Education and Training Option; the Voluntary Sector Option or the Environment Task Force Option. Participants will discuss and agree the most appropriate Option with a Personal Adviser, taking into account their specific needs. Although it is compulsory for participants to choose an Option, it is not compulsory for them to undertake training or choose the Full Time Education and Training Option, whether joining the programme for the first or subsequent time.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many participants there were on the new deal for young people in each month since 1998; and how many of them left the scheme for sustainable employment in each month. 
Mr. Jim Murphy: People entering new deal for young people (NDYP) receive intensive help to support them into work. This is delivered through the Gateway, the NDYP Options and the follow-through period.
|New deal for young people|
|Month of participation||Number of participants||Of which, the number who subsequently left to sustained employment||Proportion leaving to sustained employment|
1. A person participating on the programme for more than one month will be included in the table for each month that they are participating.
2. People leaving the programme to sustained employment are counted in each month for the duration of their participation on the programme, for example, a person starting the programme in January 2005, who leaves for sustained employment in May 2005, will be counted in January, February, March, April and May 2005.
3. A person is defined as leaving new deal for young people for employment if they have not returned to claim jobseekers allowance within 13 weeks.
4. Numbers and proportions of people leaving to sustained employment in more recent months would be expected to be lower as some of these people will only recently have joined the programme and will not have had time to leave to sustained employment.
5. Information on participants is only available from July 1998.
6. Latest data is to November 2006.
7. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
New Deal Evaluation Database, Information Directorate, DWP
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