HC Deb 19 May 1993 vol 225 c158W
Mr. Beggs

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will publish details of the amount of financial support granted by(a) each education and library board and (b) each health and social services board in Northern Ireland to pre-school playgroups in their respective areas; and what is the value of this funding expressed as an amount per pupil enrolled per session provided for a year.

Mr. Hanley

Education and library boards do not provide financial support for pre-school playgroups. In 1991–92, the latest financial year for which figures are available, the amount of grant aid provided by each health and social services board to registered playgroups in their respective areas was as follows:

Board Amount of grant £
Northern 64,387
Southern 209,177
Eastern 822,140
Western 142,488
Total 1,238,192

It is not possible to express the value of this funding as an amount per child enrolled.