§ Mr. Moore
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will list(a) by Employment Service region and (b) in total (i) the number of personal advisers in post to administer the New Deal programme and (ii) the number of New Deal applicants expected in 1998–99; and if he 383W will calculate by Employment Service region the ratio of expected New Deal applicants to personal advisers, indicating the average for Scotland. 
§ Mrs. Wilson
[holding answer 18 May 1998]: The information for those eligible for the 18–24 programme by New Deal Units of Delivery within Scotland is tabulated. The planning assumption is that New Deal Personal Advisers will have an average caseload during Gateway of 33 clients with sufficient time being available to allow advisers to visit a further 12 clients a month who are on one of the 4 options.
Scotland: New Deal for 18–24 year olds Unit of delivery Number of personal advisers allocated Projected new deal client group 1998–991 Ayrshire 18.91 2,749 Borders 1.36 303 Dunbartonshire 8.02 1,483 Dumfries and Galloway 4.71 790 Fife 13.49 2,261 Forth Valley 10.66 1,788 Glasgow 39.5 6,083 Grampian 6.34 1,210 Lanarkshire 24.03 3,981 Edinburgh East and Midlothian 16.3 2,965 West Lothian 3.06 750 Renfrewshire 10.18 1,893 Tayside 19.83 2,517 Argyll and The Islands 1.84 313 Caithness and Sutherland 1.3 193 Inverness and Nairn 2.45 437 Lochaber 0.48 94 Moray, Badenoch and Strathspey 1.61 378 Orkney 0.23 58 Ross and Cromarty 1.51 307 Shetland 0.2 57 Skye and Lochalsh 0.92 65 Western Isles 0.77 152 Scotland 187.7 30,827 1 Indicative assumptions based on current unemployment levels. These are not forecasts of the actual numbers who will participate but they do help to ensure that adequate resources are in place to meet potential demand
The ratio of expected applicants to Personal Advisers is a largely meaningless statistic because due to the rolling nature of the programme, it does not indicate the number of young people a Personal Adviser would be required to deal with at any one time