To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
(1) for what reasons the Youth Opportunity Card pilots were conducted on a timescale shorter than that outlined in his Department's Youth Matters: Next Steps, Something to do, Somewhere to go, Someone to talk to; and if he will make a statement;
(2) how many pilots of the Youth Opportunity Card took place; how many cards were issued under those pilots; what the total cost of the pilots was; and if he will make a statement.
In February 2007 we took the decision not to proceed with the Youth Opportunity Card pilots and therefore no cards were issued. For details on the reasons for this and the cost of the card project, I refer the hon. Member to the reply given on