§ Dr. Marek
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is the number of workplaces for civil servants in his Department; what proportion of the total number have an on-site nursery facility; how many and what proportion of workplaces provide a holiday play scheme; how many and what proportion of workplaces provide after-school child care facilities; what charges are made for use of any facility; what the net cost has been for the provision of these facilities; and what estimate he can make of any future expenditure.
§ Mr. David Hunt
Civil servants in my Department work in 30 separate locations, with the majority of workplaces in Cardiff.525W
None of the workplaces has an on-site nursery. My Department, with other Government Departments, is working to provide nursery facilities for Cardiff-based staff later this year. Charges have not yet been fixed.
Staff in Cardiff have access to a holiday playscheme run by my Department in conjunction with others during the easter and summer school holidays. Staff in the Welsh Office, London can use the Westminster holiday playscheme organised by the Cabinet Office.
Daily charges for the Cardiff playscheme are £4.50 for the first child, £4.00 for the second and £3.75 for others. The net cost met by Departments in 1991 is £1,500: in addition, administrative support is provided by the Welsh Office.
My Department does not arrange after-school care for the children of staff.
Expenditure on child care next financial year is expected to be around £30,000.