Child Care

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 21st July 2014.

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Photo of Nicky Morgan Nicky Morgan Minister for Women and Equalities, The Secretary of State for Education 2:30 pm, 21st July 2014

I thank the hon. Lady for her warm words. She will be aware, as a fellow working mum, that women are excellent at multitasking. Of course, as Secretary of State for Education, I am interested in child care and the whole range of issues that my Department will be dealing with as well as my brief as Minister for Women and Equalities. I look forward to continuing these debates with the hon. Lady, as does the Minister who will be taking on the specific responsibility for child care. She is absolutely right that the holiday costs are very important and that is why we have increased the number of free hours of child care available as well as introducing tax-free child care, shared parental leave and policies on flexible working, all of which I am sure she welcomes.