HC Deb 02 May 1995 vol 259 c158W
Ms Hodge

To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many places she will need to find to meet the Prime Minister's commitment to nursery places for all four-year-olds. [22014]

Mr. Forth

In January 1994, the size of the four-year-old cohort in England was estimated at 645,000. Latest available data suggest that at that time an estimated 498,000 four-year-olds were attending maintained schools. We estimate that approximately 120,000 more were in some form of private or voluntary provision.