New Deal

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Employment – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 18th March 1999.

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Photo of Andrew Smith Andrew Smith Minister of State (Department for Education and Employment) 12:00 am, 18th March 1999

No to all of it. First, the hon. Gentleman should use one of his brains at least to apologise to my hon. Friend the Member for Sunderland, South (Mr. Mullin), who was in the Chamber on the occasions to which he referred. Secondly, Lucy has had to be left outside the Chamber today, in case the hon. Gentleman's intemperate remarks should provoke her as they so evidently did during the education debate. Finally, it is not true that those companies have pulled out of the new deal. For example, Marks and Spencer has reported to me positive experience of the people that it has recruited and the progress that it is making on the programme. He is wrong, wrong, wrong.