§ Mr. Bowis
I have been asked to reply.
Day care facilities for children aged under eight are registered by local authority social services departments. 177W Figures for child minders are published in "Children's Day Care Facilities at 31 March 1993, England", copies of which are available in the Library.
Information held centrally does not separately identify nursery schools registered under the Children Act 1989. Where nursery facilities are part of schools with five or more children of compulsory school age, information on pupil numbers is published by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education.