§ Dr. Marek
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what is the number of workplaces for civil servants in the Scottish Office; what proportion of the total number have an on-site nursery facility; how many and what proportion 573W 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. Ian Lang
Within the Scottish Office there are 183 workplaces, none of which have on-site nursery or holiday play scheme facilities or provide after-school care. Staff in my Department do have the opportunity during school holidays to use the facilities provided for children of civil servants by the Central Edinburgh holiday play scheme. These facilities are available on a full repayment basis.
There is no planned future expenditure. My Department does not currently satisfy the value-formoney criteria which would justify the provision of financial support for child care schemes.