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Departmental Creche Facilities

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 15 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what crèche facilities are provided by her Department; and at what cost.[104290]

Holiday playscheme

Department staff in central London have access to a 32–place holiday playscheme for a minimum of 54 days each year. Staff contribute £14.00 per place towards the £31.00 daily fee. DTI HQ staff in Cardiff have access to a local Easter and summer holiday playscheme for a contribution of £12.00 per place towards the £24.00 daily fee.

Nursery playscheme

Departmental staff in central London have access to six nursery places (divided equally between children under 2 and over 2 years old at the inter-departmental nursery. The weekly cost to the Department for a full-time place for an under–2 is £200.50 and £169.00 for 2 years old and over. Staff contribution is levied at a flat rate of £112 per week for a full-time place irrespective of the age of the child. Children attending nursery on a part-time basis are charged on a pro rata basis. DTI's total expenditure on child care for this financial year was £43,995.00