§ Mrs. Ballard
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what representations he has received on the environmental criteria for task force projects in the new deal for unemployed under 25-year-olds. 
§ Mr. Andrew Smith
The Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions, in consultation with my Department and other Government Departments, drew up the environmental criteria against which projects will be assessed. Environmental organisations were consulted fully. We have not had further representations, but we welcome feedback from environmental groups.