§ Mr. Barnes
To ask the Chairman of the Administration Committee, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Leeds, East (Mr. Mudie) of 17 May,Official Report, column 416, what was the cost of the child care survey; and what are the reasons for not publishing the results.
§ Mr. Michael J. Martin
As stated in my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak (Dr. Jones) on 9 February at column278, the fee paid to the consultants who conducted the childcare survey is a matter of commercial confidentiality. Given the Committee's decision to take no further action on this issue it considered the publication of the survey results to be inappropriate.