§ Mrs. Ballard
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what employment or training initiatives the Government plans to introduce under the welfare-to-work programme for those who have been unemployed for less than six months. 
§ Mr. Alan Howarth
Our current priority is the introduction of the New Deal for young people out of work for six months or more. Help will continue to be available immediately to all those who become unemployed.
§ Mr. Howarth
Our New Deal for young and long-term unemployed people will operate throughout the United Kingdom. All unemployed people who are eligible will have a chance to participate in this initiative, which is designed to help them from welfare into sustained employment as quickly as possible.