Northern Ireland Assembly Commission

Part of Oral Answers to Questions – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:15 pm on 12th March 2013.

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Photo of Roy Beggs Roy Beggs UUP 3:15 pm, 12th March 2013

The childcare voucher system is a tax-efficient way to provide quality childcare, with benefits to the working parent and to the employer.  It has taken an unduly long time to introduce it here, with an old IT system originally being blamed many years ago.  Will the Member assure me that all the procedures are now in place so that it can be introduced and, in particular, that the preferred provider of the vouchers has been selected?