§ Mrs. Gillian Shephard
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what estimate he has made of the cost to public funds of the collection of pupil-specific data for children resident in local education authorities not covered by interim early years development plans. 
§ Mr. Byers
The collection of pupil specific information for children attending maintained provision, resident in Local Education Authorities not covered by interim Early Years Development Plans, is essential to protect public funds from the risk of double funding. We are confident that the costs will be less than those of administering the nursery education voucher scheme.