§ Helen Jackson
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment how many New Deal places have been(a) offered, (b) taken up and (c) completed within Sheffield City Council since the start of the New Deal initiative. 
§ Ms Jowell
From April 1998 to date (10 May 2000), Sheffield City Council have employed two new deal 25+ clients on the New Deal subsidised employment option. These were a result of the clients being encouraged by their New Deal personal advisers to market the option themselves to prospective employers.
One client commenced subsidised employment on 7 September 1999 and has since been retained after the six-month subsidy period.
The other client commenced subsidised employment on 26 April 2000, and is in the process of completing the subsidised period of six months.