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Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of applicants on each New Deal programme were placed in jobs lasting (a) 13 weeks and under and (b) over 13 weeks in each region in each quarter since 1998. 
Information on sustained employment through new deal for disabled people is only available to March 2006, as separate data on whether a job is sustained or not have not been collected centrally since then.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was spent on each New Deal programme in each year since 1998; and what proportion of this expenditure consisted of administrative costs in each year. 
Mr. Jim Murphy: Information is not available beyond 2002-03, following agreement with HM Treasury in 2002-03 when ring-fences were removed from new deal. As a result, it is no longer possible to identify the costs of administering each new deal separately. The available information is in the tables.
New deal for partners was introduced in April 1999. Costs for 1998-99 and 1999-2000 are coded as 100 per cent. admin as they were either set-up costs or adviser caseload-activity only, which only incurs admin costs.
|Jobcentre Plus, expenditure on new deal (total expenditure)|
|Jobcentre Plus, administration expenditure on new deal as a percentage of total expenditure|
|1997-98||1998-99||1999- 20 00||2000-01||2001-02||2002-03|
1. Expenditure data includes start-up costs.
2. New deal 25-plus programme includes costs associated with a mandatory Intensive Activity Period introduced in April 2001.
3. Programme start dates are: new deal for young people: January 1998; new deal 25-plus: July 1998; new deal for lone parents: October 1998; new deal for partners: April 1999; new deal 50-plus: April 2000; new deal for disabled people: July 2001 (new deal for disabled people pilots ran from September 1998 to June 2001).
4. Costs in 2002-03 for new deal for partners are also coded as 100 per cent. Admin as all activity in that year was adviser caseload action, and did not include any contracted provision. The programme was re-launched the following year and was enhanced to offer partners the same level of help and support available through new deal for lone parents.
DWP departmental reports 2004-05, Jobcentre Plus accounts 2005-06.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been helped into employment in each year since 2001 by (a) the New Deal for young people, (b) New Deal 25 plus, (c) New Deal 50 plus, (d) New Deal for disabled people and (e) New Deal for lone parents. 
|New dealpeople into jobs since 2001|
|New deal for young people||New deal 25 plus||New deal 50 plus||New deal for disabled people||New deal for lone parents|
1. Latest complete year information is for 2005.
2. Programme start dates are: New Deal for Young People: January 1998; New Deal 25 plus: July 1998; New Deal for Lone Parents: October 1998; New Deal for Partners: April 1999; New Deal 50 plus: April 2000; New Deal for Disabled People: July 2001.
3. Information is for individuals gaining a job, not total jobs gained.
4. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
New Deal Evaluation Database, Information Directorate, Department for Work and Pensions
John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make changes to the new deal self-employment test trading scheme so that disabled people in receipt of incapacity benefit can access it. 
Mr. Jim Murphy: New deal self-employment test-trading provision is already available to incapacity benefit recipients who are eligible through new deal for lone parents and new deal for partners. Additionally, we already have powers to offer test-trading as part of Pathways to Work, which will be rolled-out nationally by April 2008. We amended the Social Security (Incapacity for Work) Regulations 1995 in 2006 to ensure that participants do not lose their incapacity benefit because of their work or earnings under test-trading.
Mr. Philip Hammond:
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2006, Official Report, column 2005W, on pensions, what was assumed about the (a) mean salary
and (b) median salary of people eligible for auto-enrolment and choosing not to opt out, when calculating the cost to employers of auto-enrolling staff into existing open schemes on existing terms. 
James Purnell: The wage assumption used to calculate the costs to employers of auto-enrolling staff into existing schemes was based upon data from the 2005 Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, the derived estimates were broken down by standard industry classification and firm size. The mean salary used in the analysis was approximately £19,000. The median salary is £15,000.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate how many of the estimated 10.8 million employees listed as eligible for automatic enrolment in figure 1.xi of Security in retirement: towards a new pension scheme work for employers with defined benefit schemes that are still open to new members; and how many active members there are in these schemes. 
However we estimate that approximately 10 per cent. of employees eligible for automatic enrolment work for employers where the defined benefit scheme is the main open option. We cannot estimate how many of these would be eligible to join that scheme.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will place in the Library the information his Department holds on the industrial classification of employers which have kept defined benefit schemes open to new employees. 
James Purnell: Information on the industrial classification of employers with open occupational schemes was published in table 5.11 of DWP Research Report No. 207 Employers Pension Provision 2003. The publication can be found at
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of the estimated 10.8 million employees listed as eligible for automatic enrolment in figure 1.xi of security of retirement: towards a new pension system who work for (a) employers who currently make no pension contributions, (b) employers who currently offer pension contributions worth less than three per cent. of salary, (c) employers who currently offer pension contributions worth at least three per cent. of salary but less than six per cent. and (d) employers who currently offer pension contributions of six per cent. of salary or more. 
|Employer contribution||Proportion of the eligible population (percentage)|
| Note: DWP analysis based on the employer pension provision survey (2005) and the annual survey of hours and earnings (2005).|
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