HC Deb 31 March 1987 vol 113 c502W
Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action the Government have taken to encourage the provision or workplace nurseries in Northern Ireland.

Mr. Viggers

The provision of workplace nurseries is a matter for individual employers.

Government policy in relation to its own employees is to undertake, in co-operation with trade unions, pilot surveys to assess demand for child-care facilities in particular locations; thereafter Departments are encouraged to view sympathetically any proposals that emerge and to consider co-operation with other employers.

A pilot survey has been completed in the Stormont estate complex and the findings have been considered by a joint management/union working party. The report of the working party is now being examined by the Department of Finance and Personnel.