HC Deb 23 October 2002 vol 391 cc384-5W
Mr. Hepburn

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what proportion of lone parents exclusively(a) use registered childcare services and (b) rely on informal childcare in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) the North East and (iii) the UK. [76623]

Mr. Miliband

This data is unavailable at constituency or regional level. The latest national survey carried out by the National Centre for Social Research on behalf of DfES shows that in England, 29 per cent. of all lone parents had used formal childcare in the past year and 73 per cent. of all lone parents had used informal childcare in the past year. There is no information on exclusive usage. The study "Repeat Study of Parents Demand for Childcare" was published by the DfES in May 2002.