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Child Care Vouchers

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission whether the Commission plans to reconsider the decision not to offer child care vouchers to hon. Members; and if he will make a statement. (83663)

The issue of provision of child care vouchers for hon. Members was considered in passing by the domestic committees and by the Commission in 2003 in the context of the Childcare Feasibility study, which was principally concerned with staff and Members’ staff. I understand that an informal view was taken that hon. Members were sufficiently well remunerated to meet their own child care costs. The Commission has no plans to consider this issue, as any such provision would fall on the House of Commons: Members Estimate which is not the Commission’s responsibility. It would be for the House to decide on any such service, on the basis of proposals from the Leader of the House.