§ Mr. Heald
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to his answer of 26 November 2002, refence 83513, on the New Deal for Lone Parents, (1) how many of the 152,230 lone parents referred to had previously entered the New Deal gateway(a) once, (b) twice and (c) three times or more; 
(2) pursuant to his answer of 26 November 2002, reference 83513, on the New Deal for Lone Parents, how many lone parents have found work on the New Deal for Lone Parents, disregarding lone parents who had entered the New Deal gateway on a previous occasion. 734W
§ Mr. Nicholas Brown
[holding answer 2 December 2002]: The figure of 152,230 provided in my previous answer is the number of individual lone parents who had found work through the New Deal for Lone Parents (NDLP) by the end of June 2002. 28,310 of these lone parents (18.6 per cent, of those who have found a job) had been on NDLP twice, and 5,550 (3.6 per cent, of those who have found a job) had been on NDLP three or more times. Some of these lone parents have used the programme successfully on a previous occasion, as the total number of jobs obtained through NDLP by June 2002 was 172,460.