HC Deb 23 April 1998 vol 310 c684W
Shona McIsaac

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will make a statement on the national roll-out of the New Deal. [38257]

Mr. Andrew Smith

Although it is early days, the national roll-out of the New Deal has seen an encouraging start. In the first week 2,435 Gateway interviews were held.

A good indication of how New Deal has been received is that over 2,600 young people have asked for early entry. This builds on good results from the twelve Pathfinder areas.