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Child Care

Volume 464: debated on Thursday 11 October 2007

26. To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what assessment she has made of the availability of child care for women seeking further and higher education. (156866)

The Childcare Act 2006 requires local authorities in England to assess child care in their areas by April 2008, and then to secure sufficient child care for working parents and those in education or training leading to work. These assessments will highlight demand for child care, including from student parents. I understand that the Welsh Assembly Government will bring the Childcare Act 2006 duties in Wales into force following the conclusion of their budget-setting process.