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|Local authority||Expenditure (£ million)|
|Total Scotland Government Office Region||447|
|Argyll and Bute||9|
|Dumfries and Galloway||13|
|Edinburgh, City of||30|
|Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (previously Western Isles)||4|
|Perth and Kinross (previously Perthshire and Kinross)||9|
|Scottish Borders, The||7|
|West Dunbartonshire (previously Dumbarton and Clydebank)||11|
1. MIG expenditure relates to program money payable to the individual and does not include the cost to DWP of administering the benefit.
2. The Expenditure for 200203 reflects the latest benefit-by-benefit estimate of out turn for the year and not the amounts voted by Parliament.
4. Totals may not sum due to rounding.
5. Figures are based on a 5 per cent. sample and are therefore subject to a degree of sampling variation.
6. Because of relatively small sample sizes at local authority level the figures are subject to a greater margin of error than would be associated with national level expenditure estimates; all results are rounded to the nearest £1 million, but may not be accurate to this level.
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Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many complaints against providers of New Deal placements and training have been made; how many New Deal placement and training providers have had their contract cancelled owing to (a) ineffective training and (b) poor employment practices; what other action has been taken against providers of ineffective training and poor employment practices; how the training quality of New Deal placements is assessed; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Browne: The information requested regarding numbers of complaints against New Deal providers and numbers of contracts cancelled is not collected centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
All New Deal providers are subject to thorough contractual and quality audits. Individual contract reviews are conducted by Jobcentre Plus contract managers and District Programme Quality Management Teams. Reviews assess the administration, delivery, quality and propriety of the provision being delivered against the requirements set out in providers' contracts. In addition, the Adult Learning Inspectorate in England, and Estyn in Wales, play a pivotal role in the quality assurance of New Deal provision, under the provisions of the Learning and Skills Act 2000. All inspection under the requirements of the Act is carried out in accordance with the Common Inspection Framework. The framework focuses on the learner, and on evaluating the effectiveness of education and training in meeting all learners' needs.
New Deal providers who fail to meet their contractual requirements, or who fall below accepted quality levels, are subject to thorough improvement strategies and action plans agreed between them and Jobcentre Plus. Where no improvements have taken place within agreed
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timescales, action is taken to terminate the contract in accordance with contractual terms and conditions. When re-tendering or extending contracts, such quality issues are considered and, where relevant evidence exists, this is considered as part of the decision to award or extend. Where a serious irregularity or fraud is identified, Jobcentre Plus retains the right to terminate contracts with immediate effect.
Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much funding his Department and its predecessors allocated to the full-time education and training option under the New Deal for Young People in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
(21) Minimal spend incurred on the Full Time Education and Training Option during January-March 1998 and so is rounded to zero.
(22) Estimated out-turn. Figures will be available when the Jobcentre Plus Annual Report is published later this year.
An allocation figure for 200304 is not available. The New Deal for Young People programme budget is now allocated to Jobcentre Plus Regions where decisions on how funding is spent on each New Deal Option are based on meeting the local needs of participants.
|Full-time Education and Training||0||19||36||34||23||18|
|Environment Task Force||0||12||42||42||42||27|
(23) NDYP started in January 1998 and, as participation in the New Deal options normally commenced after a four month Gateway period, the spend on the NDYP options was very small and so is rounded to zero.
(24) Estimated out-turn as Jobcentre Plus accounts for 200203 are not yet finalised. Figures will be available when the Jobcentre Plus Annual Report is published later this year.
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Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of New Deal for Young People participants found work on (a) the Gateway and (b) the Extended Gateway, in each year since 1997. 
|2003 (January to March)||37.1|
New Deal Evaluation Database
|NDYP option||Number of starts||Numbers moving into sustained unsubsidised employment||Proportion (percentage)|
|Environmental Task Force||67,100||19,200||28.6|
Included within the number of starts are 21,800 people who are currently still participating on an NDYP Option.
New Deal Evaluation Database
Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether Scotland is classified as a nation or a region for the purposes of the National Model for the Operational Intelligence Units. 
Mr. Pond: The National Model for the Operational Intelligence Units is based on the organisation of Jobcentre Plus which was established in April 2002. Jobcentre Plus is made up of the countries of Scotland and Wales and the nine English regions.
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(3) how many people are employed in the Glasgow Operational Intelligence Unit; 
(4) whom he consulted prior to the announcement of the closure of the East of Scotland Operational Intelligence Unit. 
By the end of 200304 it is planned to transfer the work of the Edinburgh unit to the Glasgow site in order to improve co-ordination of the delivery of Operational Intelligence Unit services across Scotland.
The centralisation of the Operational Intelligence Unit in Glasgow will result in no job losses. The staff currently employed in Edinburgh will remain at this location and be allocated other counter fraud work and the Glasgow Operational Intelligence Unit will eventually employ a total of 49 staff.
The decision to transfer the counter fraud work from Edinburgh to Glasgow did not involve the closure of any Jobcentre Plus office or result in any job losses. Therefore it was felt that this was an internal management matter and so, apart from consultation with local union officials, consultation outside Jobcentre Plus was not appropriate.
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