§ Mr. Hayes
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how (1) many three year olds in Lincolnshire are in pre-school education; and how many were in pre-school education in(a) 1997 and (b) 1992; 
(2) how many three year olds are in pre-school education; and how many were attending pre schools in (a) 1997 and (b) 1992. 
§ Margaret Hodge
The information is not available in the form requested.
The available information on numbers of free early years education places taken up by three year olds in England and Lincolnshire Local Education Authority area is shown in the table.
The information was derived from the table published alongside Statistical Bulletin 11/2001 "Provision For Children Under Five Years Of Age in England——January 2001" on the Department's statistical web site www.dfes.gov.uk/statistics/.
The Department is planning to publish information for January 2002 in May.