HC Deb 04 April 2001 vol 366 c228W
16. Mr. Michael

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education and Employment about extending the new deal in Wales. [155507]

Mr. Paul Murphy

I meet regularly with my Cabinet colleagues to discuss a wide range of issues, including the New Deal.

In his Budget statement on 7 March, the Chancellor announced a strengthening of the Government's Welfare to Work Programme through the extension of the already successful New Deal scheme.

The schemes to benefit from this extension will be: New Deal 25+—this will make all over-25s who have been on Jobseekers Allowance for at least 18 months eligible for the New Deal; New Deal for Lone Parents—the extension will potentially help around 50,000 lone parents in Wales; New Deal for Disabled People—which will be extended to all those claiming invalidity benefit.

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