§ Judy Mallaber
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Amber Valley constituency, the effects on Amber Valley of his Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. 
§ Miss Melanie Johnson
Amber Valley, along with the rest of the United Kingdom, is benefiting from the long-term action we have taken to build economic stability and secure high and stable levels of growth and employment. Since the general election, claimant unemployment in the constituency has fallen by 516, or 25 per cent., youth unemployment is down by 87 per cent., and long-term unemployment has fallen by 60 per cent.
Macroeconomic stability is being complemented at the microeconomic level by the Government's policies to ease the transition from welfare into work and to make work pay. To the end of January 2001, the New Deal for 18 to 24-year-olds had helped 789 young people in Amber Valley constituency gain valuable skills and experience—406 (51 per cent.) of whom had moved into employment. The Working Families Tax Credit (WFTC), introduced in October 1999, is helping to make work pay for low and middle income families. In August 2000, 2,200 families in the constituency were benefiting from WFTC.
The Government are also committed to policies that enable pensioners to share in the country's rising prosperity. All pensioners, including 17,100 in Amber Valley, are receiving an above-inflation increase in the basic State Pension from April 2001. Single pensioners receive an extra £5 a week, and couples receive an extra £8 a week. All pensioners aged 75 or over have also been entitled to a free TV licence since November 2000—including around 7,500 in Amber Valley.