§ Mr. Ainger
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many disabled people have found work through the new deal for the disabled since its inception. 
§ Ms Hodge
We have been piloting the New Deal for Disabled People since autumn 1998. Our experience shows that for many people on incapacity benefits the journey back to work will be lengthy. I am pleased therefore to be able to say that to the end of March this year some 2,755 people had found employment.