§ Mr. Bercow
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been employed by his Department in each of the last three years under(a) the New Deal for Young People, (b) the New Deal for the Over 50s and (c) the New Deal for Lone Parents; and at what cost, listed by category, to public funds. 
§ Dr. John Reid
In the last three years the NIO (and its agencies) have employed seven people under the New Deal for Young People, one under the New Deal for Over 50s and no-one under the New Deal for Lone Parents.
Of the seven employed under the New Deal for Young People six were recruited in 1999 and one in 2000.
The one person employed under the New deal for Over 50s was recruited in 1999.
New dealers are recruited to the NIO on a subsidised basis and take up existing vacancies. Therefore extra costs are limited to the subsidy and any additional training and development which may be needed. The cost of the latter cannot be readily identified.