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Young Children

Volume 128: debated on Wednesday 2 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what proportion of (i) the three-year-old population and (ii) the four-year-old population in Northern Ireland are within families with (a) a single parent, (b) both parents unemployed and (c) the parents in receipt of family income supplement;(2) what proportion of the population of Northern Ireland is under five years old: and what plans there are to introduce an under-fives initiative to Northern Ireland of the type operating in other regions;

(3) what financial or other, assistance is given to pre-school playgroups by (a) each health and social services board and (b) each education and library board;

(4) what is the current population of (a) four-year-olds and (b) three-year-olds in Northern Ireland;

(5) how many mother and toddler groups operate in Northern Ireland: and what financial, or other, assistance is offered to them, by the Department of Education and by the Department of Health and Social Security.

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the replies given to the hon. Member for Foyle (Mr. Hume) on 24 February 1988, at columns 189–90.