§ Mr. Rathbone
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what has been the expenditure on all nursery provision for under fives in each of the last five years.
§ Mr. Newton
Local authority gross current expenditure on day nurseries in England for each of the last five years was as follows:
£ million 1981–82 69.539 1982–83 76.394 1983–84 82.914 1984–85 87.944 1985–86 188.038 1Provisional figure.
Information about expenditure on day nurseries in the private and voluntary sectors is not available centrally. The information relating to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is a matter for my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.