Sure Start (York)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Children, Schools and Families – in the House of Commons at 10:30 am on 26th July 2007.

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Photo of Anne McIntosh Anne McIntosh Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) 10:30 am, 26th July 2007

I believe that the programme's first children's centre recently opened in New Earswick, which is in the city of York part of the Vale of York. Does the right hon. Lady accept that that centre shows that children's centres can work very effectively with the private sector, which offers nursery places independently? I understand that York will pilot the next stage of the free entitlement to nursery places. Will she use it as a role model, and accept that there should be a free economy as far as the free entitlement to nursery places is concerned, in York and the rest of the country?

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