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Early Years Services

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how the additional £1.2 million announced on 26 May 2005 to maintain front-line early years services in Northern Ireland was spent; and how much remained unspent. (77309)

On 26 May 2005, my predecessor, the Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, the hon. Member for St. Helens, South (Mr. Woodward), announced an additional £1.2 million to support projects previously funded under ‘Peace Measure 2.5—Investing in Childcare’.

Projects were invited to apply for this funding and had to demonstrate that they met the criteria in providing direct services to children in areas of low provision where the service is critical to provision in that area; or services that have targeted provision for ethnic minorities, traveller children and children with a disability.

In 2005-06 £1.2 million has been committed to 128 successful projects, and all funds have been fully utilised.