§ Mr. Peter Robinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people took up the New Deal in Northern Ireland in the past two years, broken down by age. 
§ Jane Kennedy
The New Deal programme, introduced in April 1998, aims to assist people to find jobs and help them stay and progress in employment.
The two main New Deals are the New Deal for 18–24 year olds and New Deal 25 plus.
The number of people who have taken up these New Deals in the last two years are as follows:
New Deal 18–24 year olds New Deal 25 plus Total 2001 6,762 8,585 15,347 2002 6,655 9,132 15,787 Total 13,417 17,717 31,134