§ Mr. Jim Murphy
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many young people have participated in the New Deal in each region of the United Kingdom in the(a) current and (b) last year. 
§ Ms Jowell
[holding answer 6 December 1999]: The following table shows the number of young people who have started New Deal in each of the Employment Service regions in Great Britain. New Deal started in January 1998 in the first 12 Pathfinder areas, followed by the main roll out across Great Britain in April 1998. The 1999 figures are to the end of September.47W
1998 1999 Office for Scotland 22,617 17,095 Northern 16,073 11,010 North West 30,728 20,704 Yorkshire and Humber 25,783 16,802 Office for Wales 13,615 9,310 West Midlands 20,501 15,600 East Midlands and Eastern 17,913 12,782 South West 12,607 9,191 LASER 52,992 36,334 Great Britain total 212,829 148,828
Evaluation studies Independent contractor New Deal for young people 1. Qualitative Research with individuals: (i) Pathfinder Gateway National Centre for Social Research (NSCR) (ii) Pathfinder Options (iii) Pathfinder Follow-Through (iv) National Gateway (v) National Options (vi) National Follow-Through 2. Quantitative Survey of individuals: Stages 1 and 2 Policy Studies Institute/British Market Research Bureau 3. Case Studies of Delivery and Impact Tavistock Institute (i) Pathfinder Case Studies (ii) National Case Studies (iii) Audit of 30 Partnerships 4. Qualitative Research with employers Stages 1 and 2 NCSR 5. Quantitative Survey of employers NCSR/Institute for Employment Research (IER) 6. Survey of Leavers to Unknown Destinations NCSR 7. Evaluation of Intensive Gateway Trailblazers Ecotec 8. Evaluation of New Deal for Musicians Community Economic Development Associates 9. New Deal Gateway: A Labour Market Assessment Institute for Employment Studies (IES) 10. Literature Review: Employers Institute for Employment Research (IER) 11. Literature Review: Labour Market Programmes for Young People Policy Studies Institute (PSI) 12. Macro-economic evaluation of the impact of NDYP on the labour market PSI and the National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR) New Deal for the Long Term Unemployed 1. Quantitative Survey of individuals receiving pilot and national provision PSI 2. Qualitative research with individuals in pilot and national areas NCSR 3. Case Studies of implementation and delivery in national areas Tavistock Institute 4. Case Studies of implementation and delivery in pilot areas IES 5. Quantitative survey of participating employers in pilot and national areas NCSR/IER 6. A macro-economic evaluation of the impact of NDLTU on the labour market NIESR and PSI New Deal 50plus An extensive programme of research has been commissioned to assess the effectiveness of New Deal 50plus. It includes qualitative work with individuals and with Employment Service and Benefits Agency employees, a longitudinal survey of individuals and a qualitative survey of employers. All the work is being carried out by the Institute for Employment Studies (IES). New Deal for Lone Parents NDLP National Programme (Phase 3) Evaluation (i) Qualitative research with Lone Parents Cragg, Ross, Dawson (ii) Client Satisfaction Survey Martin Hamblin Research (iii) Case Studies on Delivery GHK Economics and Management (iv) Employer Research NCSR (v) Quantitative research with lone parents (contractor to be confirmed) (vi) Macro-evaluation (contractor to be confirmed) NDLP Phase 3 Innovative Pilots Evaluation (i) Evaluation of Innovative Pilots Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) Sheffield Hallam University New Deal for Partners of the Unemployed No contractors have yet been appointed for the evaluations of New Deal for Partners of the Unemployed (voluntary programme) or for NDPU Joint Claims for JSA.
§ Mr. Jim Murphy
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many long-term unemployed people who have entered the New Deal have found full-time employment in each of the past two years. 
§ Mr. Bercow
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list the independent expert studies which he has commissioned into each of the New Deal programmes. 
§ Ms Jowell
[holding answer 9 December 1999]We have an independent programme of evaluations of the New Deals. The independent studies which have been commissioned into each of the New Deal programmes are as follows:
Deal for long-term unemployed people aged 25 and over. To September 1999, the equivalent figures for this year are 92,700 and 20,500 respectively.