HC Deb 26 May 1994 vol 244 c303W
Mr. Byers

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is her Department's latest estimate of the number of places for under five-year-olds provided by(a) local authority day nurseries, (b) private day nurseries, (c) pre-school play groups and (d) child minders.

Mr. Bowis

I announced yesterday that it is estimated that, at 31 March 1993, there were 21,400 places in local authority day nurseries; 111,000 places in registered day nurseries; 396,900 places in pre-school play groups and 283,000 registered child minder places available1 for use by the under fives. 1Following implementation of the Children Act 1989, information about places with childminders has been collected for children aged under eight.