Plans to introduce a national nursery vouchers scheme - which are being piloted in Norfolk and three London borough...
Plans to introduce a national nursery vouchers scheme - which are being piloted in Norfolk and three London boroughs, and which faced early opposition in parliament - last night received a clear majority in the Lords and now returns to the Commons, reports BBC Norfolk.
When the Bill reached the Lords a month ago peers wrecked plans to extend it nationwide. They first wanted a full evaluation of the pilot projects, but last night the hurdle appeared to be overcome when education and employment minister Lord Henley said 60% of parents in the London trial boroughs had rated the scheme positively, with an ever higher acceptance in Norfolk.
Continued opposition was expressed by Labour peer Lord Morris, who said he was totally opposed to nursery vouchers which he said was a waste of time, effort and money.
The Bill returns to the Commons and the scheme could go nationwide next year if MPs overturn the Lords' amendment delaying its introduction for 12 months until a full evaluation of the pilot is carried out and published.