§ Mr. Bercow
To ask the Solicitor-General how many people have been employed by her Department in each of856W 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. 
The Solicitor-General (holding answer 25 March 2002): My own Department, the Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers, has not employed any persons under the new deal schemes during the last three years.
In the Departments for which the Attorney-General is responsible, details are as follows:
Crown Prosecution Service
In each of the last three years, the CPS has employed two people under the new deal scheme. The recruitment exercises were for the new deal scheme in general and were not specific to any of the categories identified. Both officers were offered a one-year fixed term contract (unsubsidised) as a Level A2 (Administrative Officer), and placed on the band minimum for that level. The posts were advertised through local job centres and, therefore, there were no costs to the Department.
Treasury Solicitor's Department
The Treasury Solicitor's Department has not employed any persons under the given new deal categories during the last three years.
Serious Fraud Office
The Serious Fraud Office has not employed any persons under the given new deal categories during the last three years.