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Workplace Nurseries

Volume 173: debated on Thursday 24 May 1990

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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment has been made of the effect of his proposals on workplace nurseries on the number of women in the work force.

The proposal to exempt workplace nurseries from tax as a benefit will remove a perceived obstacle to the growth of such facilities. The measure will thus assist employers who wish to set up nursery or similar facilities and the employees who use them; but it is not possible to make a reliable estimate of the likely effect of this change on the number of women in the work force.