§ Mr. Willis
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the budget profile is for the Entry to Employment programme for(a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04; and how many participants are expected to enter the programme in each year. 
§ Mr. Ivan Lewis
Entry to Employment (E2E) will become part of the Learning Gateway which provides a client-centred approach to support young people who need additional help to enter mainstream learning opportunities. E2E will be implemented nationally from August this year. Expenditure on the current 11 E2E pathfinders in 2002–03 will be £19.8 million. The budget for the programme in 2003–04 is likely to be £142 million. Over 47,000 young people are expected to join the programme in 2003–04.