HC Deb 25 February 1999 vol 326 cc436-7W
Mr. Barry Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many New Deal graduates have found permanent jobs; and if he will make a statement. [72036]

Mr. Hain

Although there can be no guarantee of permanency, all jobs accessed through the New Deal are real jobs.

The latest data published by the Department for Education and Employment show that some 2,700 young people had left the "New Deal for 18–24s" in Wales to enter unsubsidised work and more than 1,000 others were in a subsidised job under the Employer Option.

I am very encouraged by this impressive start to the "New Deal for 18–24s" and, in particular, to the strong support being provided by employers in Wales, over 2,900 of whom have signed agreements to offer opportunities under the New Deal.