HC Deb 31 March 2003 vol 402 cc603-5W
Mr. Willetts

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Northavon, on 26 February 2003,Official Report, column 609W, what assessment he has made of why the number of people leaving the New Deal for Young People for unknown destinations is growing; and what plans the Department has for increasing the information available about leavers. [103058]

Mr. Nicholas Brown

Jobcentre Plus and New Deal providers have mechanisms in place that aim to maximise information about the destinations of those leaving the programme and Jobcentre Plus is working to ensure that best practice is shared across different districts and providers.

Later this year we are planning to conduct further research into people whose destination on leaving NDYP was unknown. Previous surveys of this kind have shown that the destinations of this group mirror that of people leaving to known destinations, with a large number of these young people entering sustained employment.

However, individuals are not obliged to inform us of their destination on leaving the New Deal for Young People (NDYP) and following up all of these cases can be very time consuming. The priority is to provide the help and support that young people need to move into work. This may mean that less time has been spent following up and recording the destination of people after leaving NDYP.

David Davis

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what proportion of those on each option of the New Deal for Young People went into a sustained job in the East Riding of Yorkshire(a) since the scheme began broken down by year and (b) in the last quarter for which figures are available. [104524]

Mr. Nicholas Brown

In the latest quarter for which information is available (October to December 2002) 40 young people left the New Deal Options for unsubsidised, sustained jobs in the East Riding local authority area. This is 43 per cent. of all leavers from the Options in that period. Due to the small volumes involved, figures for individual New Deal Options for the latest quarter cannot be published because of the risk of identifying individuals.

The information requested on the New Deal for Young People since the programme began is in the table.

New Deal for Young people in the East Riding of Yorkshire
Option/year1 Number of people entering unsubsidised, sustained employment2 Number of leavers2 Proportion of leavers entering unsubsidised, sustained employment (percentage)3
1998 10 20 55
1999 80 130 63
2000 70 100 67
2001 70 110 61
2002 50 120 45
Education and Training
1998 10 10 38
1999 60 160 39
2000 70 190 37
2001 50 130 40
2002 40 110 37
Voluntary Sector
1999 30 70 47
2000 20 80 25
2001 20 40 49
2002 20 50 45
Environment Task Force
1999 30 80 41
2000 20 60 34
2001 30 70 35
2002 30 60 48
1 Years relate to January to December (except for 1998, which is April to December).
2 All figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

3 Proportions are based on unrounded figures and hence cannot be derived from the rounded figures used in the table.

4 Due to the small volume involved, the 1998 figures for the Voluntary Sector and the Environment Task Force Option cannot be published because of the risk of identifying individuals.

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