§ Mr. Barry Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the New Deal in the Alyn and Deeside constituency. 467W
§ Mr. Hain
The latest information indicates that, in the Employment Service's North East Wales Unit of Delivery for the New Deal (which includes the Alyn and Deeside parliamentary constituency), nearly 970 people have joined the New Deal for 18–24s. 270 young people have secured employment (195 of these are in unsubsidised jobs), and over 180 more have entered education, training, or work experience.
I am delighted by the positive start made by the New Deal. I am grateful for the enthusiasm and support of the wide range of organisations which are working in partnership to deliver the New Deal. In particular, I welcome the contribution of employers, over 300 of whom have signed up for the New Deal in North East Wales.