§ 20. Mr. Colman
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what progress the National Childcare Strategy has made in providing extra child care places. [R] 
§ Ms Hodge
The National Childcare Strategy has had a major impact in its first year. We have funded the creation of 65,590 new child care places in 1998–99 which far exceeds the ambitious target we set of 60,000 places. In the first two years of this Government we have created more child care places than were created during the entire period of office of the last Government.