HC Deb 15 March 2001 vol 364 c729W
36. Mr. Dobbin

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what plans he has to develop the early excellence centre programme. [152586]

Ms Hodge

The EEC programme is at the forefront of our policies to develop good practice in integrated care, education and family services. 29 centres are making a real difference to the lives of children and their families. On 27 February we announced the designation of six new centres and an additional £17 million to expand the programme. Working closely with Sure Start and Neighbourhood Nurseries, we will create up to 100 centres across the country by 2004.