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Nurseries: Fees and Charges

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment he has made of the impact of increases in business rates on fee levels in (a) private day nurseries, (b) voluntary day nurseries, (c) nurseries located in schools and (d) Sure Start children's centres over the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (139717)

No such assessment has been made. Costs and prices in the nursery sector are affected by a wide range of factors.

Some nurseries may be eligible for rate relief to ease the impact of business rates and some voluntary providers, if they pay rates, may be exempt under Schedule 5 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988.