The number of day nurseries in Scotland is 27. Proposals for an additional 46, to meet war-time needs, have been approved, and local authorities have under consideration proposals covering about 40 more. In addition to informal guardianship arrangements, made through the churches and other organisations, there are also, associated with Child Welfare Schemes, 26 toddlers' playgrounds, play centres, etc., and the facilities in.10 of these are being extended.
I know that the right hon. Gentleman appreciates how slowly it is going, but could he not put one person in charge; and is he aware that the local education authorities say that they are responsible for staffing and that the consequence is it is very difficult to get any speeding up in the local authorities?