Work and Pensions Committee

Session 2002-2003               20 March 2003


"Select Committee reschedules witnesses

 in its childcare inquiry"

The House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee today announced the revised arrangements for witnesses in its inquiry into childcare.  The inquiry -  into how suitable and affordable childcare can be provided for all parents who need it to enable them to work - was announced in December 2002.

The first oral evidence session will take place on Tuesday 25 March in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House, with academics from leading research institutions. On Wednesday 26 March in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House, representatives from a range of leading childcare organisations have been invited to give oral evidence. On Wednesday 2 April in the Grimond Room, Portcullis House, representatives from lone parent voluntary sector organisations are expected to give evidence. Details of the evidence sessions are set out below.

Further sessions may be scheduled for early April. The witnesses will be announced in due course.

Tuesday 25 March  2003 - Wilson Room, Portcullis House

at 2.45pm   Professor Peter Moss, Institute of Education, University of London

at 3.45pm    Gillian Paull and Mike Brewer, Institute for Fiscal Studies

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Wednesday 26 March 2003 - Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

at 2.45pm   Daycare Trust , National Childminding Association , Kids' Clubs Network, and Pre-School Learning Alliance

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Wednesday 2 April 2003 - Grimond Room, Portcullis House

at 3.30pm   One Parent Families and One Plus

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Evidence sessions take place in public unless otherwise decided by the Committee. For further information about the inquiry or the sessions, please call 020 7219 5833.

Please note that the times given are approximate.

Meetings may be cancelled at short notice.    

Notes for Editors:

The Committee launched its inquiry, "How can suitable, affordable childcare be provided for all parents who need it to enable them to work?", on 18 December 2002.  The press notice at that time set out details of the inquiry and its terms of reference.  All Committee publications and press releases are available on the website (www.parliament.uk)