§ Mr. Pearson
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what information is currently available, or will be available shortly, on(a) the labour market impact of the out-of-school child care initiative and (b) the number of projects achieving the self-financing criteria.
§ Miss Widdecombe
An interim evaluation of the initiative was published on 8 February this year by the Department in its research series under the title "The Out-of-School Childcare Grant Initiative: an Interim Evaluation". At the time when the evaluation was carried out, it was too early to assess the labour market impact of the initiative and few schemes had reached the end of their period of grant support. I will arrange for a copy of the evaluation to be placed in the Library.
A further evaluation is currently in progress. The results will be available in late 1995.