§ 21. Mr. Jim Cunningham
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect of the level of youth unemployment on the economy; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Ruth Kelly
Youth unemployment is particularly detrimental to the long-term health of the economy.
That is why this Government have made a priority of reducing it. With the help of the New Deal for Young People, we have reduced long-term youth unemployment by 133,000 or three-quarters since 1997.