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Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the interim results of the outcome-related funding pilots currently running in the New Deal for Young People contracts in (a) Kent, (b) the Black Country and (c) Scotland; and if he will make a statement. 
Caroline Flint: The requested information is not available.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of people leaving (a) the new deal scheme, (b) the new deal for lone parents scheme and (c) the new deal 25 plus scheme claimed benefits within a year of leaving the scheme in each year since 1998. 
Caroline Flint: The information is in the following table.
|Percentage of new deal leavers who recommenced claiming benefits within 12 months of leaving the programme|
|All new deals||New deal for lone parents||New deal 25 plus|
1. Latest data are to November 2006, therefore, allowing for a 12-month gap, only new deal leavers to November 2005 are included.
2. The benefits included are bereavement benefit, incapacity benefit, invalid care allowance, income support, jobseeker's allowance, severe disablement allowance and widows benefit.
3. A benefit claim has only been included if it is a new claim after leaving the new deal spell. People can leave new deal and continue a benefit claim; these people are not included as recommencing a claim to benefit.
Information Directorate, DWP
Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has compared the relative performances in returning numbers of people to work of the New Deal self-employment programme and other employment programmes; whether there are any plans to expand the New Deal programme; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Plaskitt: I refer my hon. Friend to the written answer given to my hon. Friends the Members for City of Durham (Dr. Blackman-Woods) and for Carlisle (Mr. Martlew) on 23 March 2007, Official Report, columns 1184-86W.
We have laid out our plans for the future of new deal in our Green Paper In Work, better off: next steps to full employment which was published on 18 July and which is available in the Library.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people participated in new deal training in each of the last 36 months. 
Mr. Plaskitt: Information is only available for training undertaken through new deal for young people and new deal 25 plus.
The available information is in the following table.
|New deal training participants|
|Month of participation||New deal for young people||New deal 25 plus||Total|
1. New deal for young people figures include all those participating in the full-time education and training option.
2. New deal 25 plus figures include all those participating in the intensive activity period (IAP) basic employability training/basic skills, IAP education and training opportunity or IAP training.
3. A person participating for more than one month will be included in the table for each month that they are participating.
4. Latest data are to November 2006.
5. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
Information Directorate, Department for Work and Pensions
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in City of York constituency have found work through each of the Government's new deal programmes since their introduction. 
Caroline Flint: The available information is in the following table.
|New deal in the City of York|
|Programme||Individuals into jobs|
1. New deal for disabled people data are not available at constituency level.
2. New deal for partners data are five or less.
3. Data are rounded to the nearest 10.
4. Latest data are to the end of November 2006.
5. New deal 50 plus data include all employment credit starts up to March 2003, and all individuals into employment from April 2003. Some individuals may be counted more than once in these figures.
6. 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 50 plus: April 2000; new deal for partners: May 1999.
Information Directorate, DWP, 2007
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