Childcare Bill — New Clause 1 — Report On Implementation of 30 Hours Per Week Free Childcare for Working Parents — 25 Jan 2016 at 18:00
The majority of MPs voted against requiring a report on the implementation of 30 hours per week free child care for working parents.
MPs were considering the Childcare Bill.
The proposed new clause rejected in this vote was titled Evaluation of the implementation of the section 1 duty and stated:
- “(1) Within 12 months of this Act coming into force, the Secretary of State must lay before both Houses of Parliament a report containing an evaluation of the impact of discharging the duty under section 1(1) on—
- (a) the supply of childcare places;
- (b) the quality of childcare provision;
- (c) the readiness of children to start school;
- (d) the proportion of parents that are in employment;
- (e) the availability and quality of childcare for disabled children;
- (f) the cost of childcare to parents who do not receive free childcare under this Act or Section 7 of the Childcare Act 2006; and
- (g) any other related matters, which she considers should be reported.
- (2) The report under subsection 1 must also include an assessment of—
- (a) administrative obligations on parents wishing to access 30 free hours of childcare a week;
- (b) administrative obligations on childcare providers delivering childcare under the Act; and
- (c) the adequacy of funding provided to childcare providers delivering childcare under the Act.”
The duty under section 1(1) referred to is:
- The Secretary of State must secure that childcare is available free of charge for qualifying children of working parents for, or for a period equivalent to, 30 hours in each of 38 weeks in any year
Qualifying children are those in England and under compulsory school age though there may be additional criteria set.
The rejected new clause was accompanied by an explanatory note stating:
- This new clause would require the Secretary of State to review the impact of providing 30 free hours of childcare a week on the supply of childcare places, the quality of childcare provision, the proportion of parents in employment and other related matters.
-  Parliament's webpage on the Childcare Bill
-  Section 1 of the Childcare Bill as at the time of the vote
-  House of Commons, Official Record, 25 January 2016
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||263 (+2 tell)||0||0||80.3%|
|Lab||0||178 (+2 tell)||0||77.6%|