Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the cost of the New Deal Lone Parents programme was in each (a) region and (b) Jobcentre Plus district in each year since its inception; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. McNulty: Due to the re-organisation of Jobcentre Plus over the past five years it is not possible to provide comparable data at district level. The available information is shown in the following table.
|Expenditure on new deal for lone parents broken down by nation and Government office region
1. New deal for lone parents started in 1998.
2. Expenditure figures exclude admin costs as they cannot be identified since 2002-03 when ringfences were removed with agreement from HM Treasury.
3. All the figures are confirmed spend and are quoted in cash terms.
4. The spend shown against non-regional/national above represents spend on projects for lone parents managed centrally.
5. Where negative figures are shown against non regional/national level spend, this reflects minor accounting adjustments made as a result of audit, which are credited at national rather than regional level.
6. The source of the above data is from the DWP financial systems. The new deal for lone parents totals agree to the departmental report.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what interfaces of (a) data and (b) process will exist between Provider Referral and Payment and Flexible New Deal providers; 
(4) if he will place in the Library a copy of the work programme to design, develop, implement and operate provider referral and payment, including a description of IT or consultancy suppliers involved at any stage. 
Mr. McNulty: The provider referrals and payments (PRaP) system will, using the secure Government Gateway, supply flexible new deal providers with the minimum personal data about the customer to enable them to fulfil their contractual obligations and trigger payment. As we are still developing the system, the data that will be transferred remain to be finalised.
PRaP data will inform the performance metrics used to track flexible new deal contracts and providers. Other sources of information such as the Labour Market System will also be used. Once it is known which providers have been successful in their bids to operate flexible new deal, we will work with them to ensure that they are ready to operate PRaP to deliver the required services from October 2009 and provide management information as specified.
As the project progresses through key stages in the design, development and implementation of PRaP, the work plan is revised and updated. The final plan, taking the project through to implementation, will be agreed in late April. A copy of this will be placed in the Library at that time. PRaP is being developed by the Department's IT suppliers EDS with their Oracle consultancy practice.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of children in each age group in (a) Southend-on-Sea, (b) Essex, (c) the Metropolitan Police area of London and (d) England and Wales were living in absolute poverty in each year since 1997. 
Our child poverty statistics, published in the Households Below Average Income series, only allow a breakdown of the number of children in absolute poverty at Government office region level or for inner or outer London. Information is therefore not available at county or unitary authority level.
Data are also not available for the Metropolitan Police area of London, although data are available for the London Government office region. Regional data are presented as three-year averages, due to variability in single-year estimates.
|Table 1: Numbers and proportion of children in London in households with incomes less than 60 per cent. of 1998-99 median household income held constant in real terms, three-year averages
Households Below Average Income
|Table 2: Numbers of children in households w ith incomes less than 60 per cent. of 1998- 99 median household income held constant in real terms by age range, England and Wales
Households Below Average Income