Session 2003/04

Childcare to be debated in the House of Commons

Childcare to be debated in the House of Commons

The Work and Pensions Committee's report and the Government's response are to be debated on 11 December. Following as it does on new announcements on childcare in today's Pre-Budget report, the debate is topical.

The Committee report was published in June 2003 and included major recommendations on the need for further investment in childcare provision to meet the 2010 targets on child poverty and lone parent employment.

In the response, published on 22 October, the Government welcomed the report and some of the recommendations. The Committee felt however that some of the responses warranted further discussion on the floor of the House. For example, the report recommended that Children's Centres should be rolled out to the 30% most deprived wards by 2006.  It also suggested ways of improving the help provided with childcare through the tax credit system.

 The short debate is expected to last some 2 hours and although technically concerning the Estimates, debates are used to highlight Select Committee reports, chosen by the Liaison Committee, a Committee of Chairmen.