On Thursday the MP for Crawley, Henry Smith raised an issue with the Government regarding the roll out of its flagship policy on childcare. The announcement in Mays General Election that by 2017, there would be 30 hours of free childcare and education for 3 and 4 year olds was uncosted and unplanned. The Government then proposed bringing that forward by a year in some areas. It was perfectly reasonable of Henry to ask: what progress is being made on the implementation of 30 hours of free childcare for working parents. His question was responded to by Sam Gyimah, the Minister who a week ago was involved in the filibuster to stop MPs voting on a proposal to introduce First Aid training into Schools. Sam clearly knows how to avoid answering a question as well as how to prevent MPs voting. His response was: On 1 June 2015, the government introduced a Bill to create a new entitlement to 30 hours of free childcare for working parents of three and four-year-olds. The entitlement is on track to be implemented early for some families in some areas from September 2016, with full roll-out across England from September 2017. More details are available here .
If you click on the link to the location which Sam Gyimah included in his answer, the statement that is available was provided to the House of Lords on 2nd October 2015. In other words when an MP questions his own Government on a policy that was one of the key policies, the best response he can get is for him to read the statement we prepared 8 weeks ago. Let us hope the Government are not relying on other agencies such as Pre-Schools and Nurseries to help them deliver on this promise. These organisations recognise prevarication and denial only too well.