HC Deb 29 April 2002 vol 384 cc608-9W
Mr. Bercow

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department 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. [44928]

Angela Eagle

Information follows on the number of people who have been employed by the Home Department and its agencies under the new deal programmes for(a) young people; (b) the over 50s; and (c) lone parents:

  1. (a) 63
  2. (b) 0
  3. (c) 0.

New deal recruits take up existing vacancies so extra costs to public funds are limited to the subsidy, where appropriate, and any additional training and development which may be needed. The cost of the latter cannot be readily identified.

Data on the number of starts on the new deal for young people (18–24) in the civil service has been recorded by the Cabinet Office since the commencement of the programme in January 1998 until 1 October 2001.

In addition to the figure, the United Kingdom Passport Service reported that a further 185 people have been employed via the new deal initiative by the Criminal Records Bureau's business partner, Capita. The specified categories (i.e. young people, lone parents and over 50s) has not been recorded.

We continue to remain open to the potential advantages of employing people through the new deal for the over 50s and lone parents.

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