§ Mr. Jenkin
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what targets he has set for the New Deal in the Colchester Employment Service District; and if he will estimate the cost of achieving them. 
§ Mr. Andrew Smith
National targets for the New Deal will be included in the 1998–99 Annual Performance Agreement with the Employment Service, which will be published soon. The ES will then set its own targets at District level to reflect local circumstances. The programme has been designed to meet the individual needs of unemployed people within each locality and as a result it is not possible to predict what type of help will be most suitable for everyone, or what its cost will be.