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Sure Start

Volume 450: debated on Monday 16 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many Sure Start programmes there are; and how many children are covered by such programmes in (a) each constituency and (b) county. (93893)

There were 524 Sure Start local programmes in England covering over 420,000 children under four. Over 400 of these are now designated as Sure Start children’s centres and we expect all Sure Start local programmes to become children’s centres in due course and contribute to our target to create 3,500 children’s centres by 2010. The 1,000th children’s centre was awarded recently, seeking out interim milestone ahead of schedule.

We do not hold information on the constituencies or counties covered by each local programme. The following table lists the number of Sure Start local programmes in each local authority and the number of children under four covered.

Local authority

Number of local programmes

Children covered

Barking and Dagenham

4

2,585

Barnet

1

722

Barnsley

5

3,065

Bath and NE Somerset

1

842

Bedfordshire

1

762

Bexley

1

802

Birmingham

12

8,893

Blackburn with Darwen

5

3,878

Blackpool

3

1,527

Bolton

4

3,479

Bournemouth

1

640

Bradford

8

7,438

Brent

3

2,684

Brighton and Hove

2

1,022

Bristol

4

3,968

Bromley

1

643

Buckinghamshire

1

1,020

Bury

1

819

Calderdale

3

2,185

Cambridgeshire

2

1,301

Camden

5

4,948

Cheshire

4

3,253

Cornwall

7

4,792

Coventry

4

3,517

Croydon

1

1,339

Cumbria

5

4,035

Darlington

2

1,419

Derby City

4

2,534

Derbyshire

5

3,969

Devon

4

2,795

Doncaster

6

3,898

Dorset

1

794

Dudley

3

2,281

Durham County

12

8,945

Ealing

2

1,914

East Riding of Yorks

1

872

East Sussex

6

3,539

Enfield

1

1,849

Essex

4

2,584

Gateshead

4

2,683

Gloucestershire

2

1,713

Greenwich

5

3,675

Hackney

7

6,925

Halton

5

4,506

Hammersmith and Fulham

3

2,193

Hampshire

2

1,660

Haringey

6

4,871

Hartlepool

3

2,234

Havering

1

902

Herefordshire

1

720

Hillingdon

1

640

Hounslow

1

640

Isle of White

1

1,027

Islington

6

4,973

Kensington and Chelsea

2

1,741

Kent

9

6,719

Kingston Upon Hull

7

6,428

Kirklees

5

3,663

Knowsley

5

3,169

Lambeth

6

5,116

Lancashire

17

1,2342

Leeds

8

6,026

Leicester City

6

4,922

Leicestershire

1

801

Lewisham

5

3,427

Lincolnshire

7

4,987

Liverpool

10

8,081

Luton

1

741

Manchester

11

8,559

Medway Towns

1

1,124

Merton

1

739

Middlesbrough

c

3,320

Milton Keynes

1

798

Newcastle upon Tyne

7

4,887

Newham

8

12,579

Norfolk

8

5,425

North East Lincolnshire

c

3,240

North Lincolnshire

2

1,656

North Somerset

1

1,026

North Tyneside

3

2,262

North Yorkshire

2

1,559

Northamptonshire

4

2,623

Northumberland

c

4,473

Nottingham City

8

5,837

Nottinghamshire

9

6,984

Oldham

5

3,211

Oxford City

1

541

Peterborough

3

2,394

Plymouth

4

3,642

Portsmouth

2

1,747

Reading

1

780

Redbridge

1

904

Redcar and Cleveland

4

2,733

Rochdale

5

4,704

Rotherham

3

2,465

Salford

5

3,236

Sandwell

7

5,842

Sefton

4

2,772

Sheffield

8

6,386

Shropshire

2

1,394

Slough

1

695

Solihull

1

1,059

Somerset

3

2,139

South Tyneside

5

2,554

Southampton

3

2,019

Southend on Sea

1

654

Southwark

7

6,592

St. Helens

5

12,443

Staffordshire

5

4,158

Stockport

1

412

Stockton-on-Tees

5

3,916

Stoke-on-Trent

6

4,946

Suffolk

3

2,540

Sunderland

7

5,463

Sutton

1

865

Swindon

1

804

Tameside

4

2,864

Telford and Wrekin

2

1,465

Thurrock

1

878

Torbay

2

1,458

Tower Hamlets

7

6,505

Trafford

1

429

Wakefield

4

2,953

Walsall

5

3,906

Waltham Forest

4

3,458

Wandsworth

2

1,765

Warrington

2

1,494

Warwickshire

2

1,120

West Sussex

t

1,552

Westminster

3

2,536

Wigan

2

1,471

Wirral

4

3,103

Wolverhampton

5

4,226

Worcestershire

3

2,190

York

1

598

Total

524

420,149