§ Mr. Jim Cunningham
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what progress has been made in providing nursery for four-year-olds. 
§ Ms Estelle Morris
Seventy-nine Local Education Authorities have in place an interim Early Years Development Plan which demonstrates how, through partnership between the maintained, private and voluntary sectors, a free good quality early education place is available for all four year-olds whose parents want one. By April 1998 all will have Early Years Development Plans in place, showing how places for four-year-olds in their areas will be secured through partnership by September 1998.