Health and Social Care Committee

First 1000 days of life inquiry

Inquiry status: Concluded

Report published on Tuesday 26 February 2018. Government Response published on Monday 10 June 2019.

Due to the general election on 12 December 2019 the Committee has now closed this inquiry. Following the dissolution of Parliament on 6 November, all Select Committees will cease to exist until after the general election. If an inquiry on this subject is held in the future, the Committee may refer to the evidence already gathered as part of this inquiry.

Report published


The bulk of public spending during a child's life comes in their teenage years, but there is a strong case for investing public money much earlier. What's more there is strong evidence showing how we can spend such resources to good effect. The Chair of the Science and Technology Committee, the Rt. Hon Norman Lamb MP, has told the Committee the problem is the gap between what we know and what is currently provided. The Committee’s inquiry is not planning to re-examine the evidence base or the economic case. Instead it plans to focus on the following three key areas: national strategy, current spending and barriers to investment and local provision.

Terms of reference: First 1000 days of life

Latest evidence

  • 03 Dec 2018 - First 1000 days of life - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF291 KB) HC 1496 | Published 06 Dec 2018

    Evidence given by Dr Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer, Scottish Government, Deidre Webb, Lead Children's Nurse, Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland, Professor Charlotte McArdle, Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health, Northern Ireland, Professor Jean White, Chief Nursing Officer, Welsh Government, Karen Cornish, Deputy Director Children and Families Division, Communities and Tackling Poverty Department, Welsh GovernmentProfessor Viv Bennett, Chief Nurse and Director of Maternity and Early Years, Public Health England, Dr Helen Duncan, Programme Director, National Child and Maternal Health Intelligence Network, Public Health England

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