HC Deb 27 April 1998 vol 311 c25W
Fiona Mactaggart

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what plans he has for improved child care for school-aged children during half-term and school holiday breaks. [38492]

Mr. Alan Howarth

Our national child care strategy will help parents, especially women, to balance work and family life. The aim is to have a range of good quality, affordable child care provision in every neighbourhood, meeting the year-round needs of children and parents. More than £300 million from public funds and from the New Opportunities Fund will be invested in developing child care over the next five years.