HC Deb 21 April 1999 vol 329 c597W
Mr. Barry Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what plans he has to assist playgroups in Wales; and if he will make a statement. [78957]

Mr. Jon Owen Jones

On 1 April 1999, I announced funding of £50,000, to be split between the Wales Pre-School Playgroups Association and Mudiad Ysgolian Meithrin, to help sustain good quality playgroups in Wales. This is in addition to the £50,000 made available in 1998–99 to support playgroups at risk of closing.

I have also announced that there will be a review of how playgroups and the pre-school movement can develop their role in delivering both early years education and childcare in Wales.

In future, childcare will be a matter for the National Assembly.

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