HC Deb 11 March 1991 vol 187 cc359-60W
Dr. Marek

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the number of workplaces for civil servants in his Department; what proportion of the total number have an on-site nursery facility; how many and what proportion of workplaces provide a holiday play scheme; how many and what proportion of workplaces provide after-school child care facilities; what charges are made for use of any facility; what the net cost has been for the provision of these facilities; and what estimate he can make of any future expenditure.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

The information requested is as follows:


The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is located in 15 buildings in the United Kingdom. Members of the Diplomatic Service also staff over 200 posts overseas. None has an on-site nursery facility, holiday play scheme or after-school child care facility at present, although places in the Westminster holiday play scheme, administered by the office of the Minister for the Civil Service, are open to FCO staff working in the Westminster area.

An on-site workplace nursery is being set up at Hanslope park, near Milton Keynes. Start-up costs are currently estimated at £45,000.


The number of workplaces for Overseas Development Administration staff is three. None has an on-site nursery facility or provides after-school child care facilities. Two provide a holiday play scheme; places on the Westminster holiday play scheme are open to staff at the third. The ODA also provides accommodation for the Westminster holiday play scheme.

Details of charges, net cost and future expenditure in respect of the two workplaces which provide holiday play schemes are as follows:

Charges made for use of facility £3.25 per child per day plus £5 annual registration fee £5 per child per day
Net cost of provision of facility £850 (1990–91) £1,600
Estimate of any further expenditure The Aid Wing expects to support both schemes in 1991–92 but precise figures are not yet available