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Child Care

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 24 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps the Government are taking to ensure that there is sufficient quality child care available in local areas. (138971)

From next April, every local authority will have a duty to secure sufficient child care for working parents in their area. They will be supported in doing so by the £3 billion the Government have made available between 2006 and 2008 to support the child care market and to develop 2,500 children’s centres; and the further £3 billion invested each year in free early education for every three and four-year-old.