Oral Answers to Questions — Maycrete Nurseries.

– in the House of Commons on 29th January 1942.

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Photo of Mr Kenneth Lindsay Mr Kenneth Lindsay , Kilmarnock

asked the Minister of Health the approximate cost of establishing a Maycrete nursery; and how many are now set up?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

The average cost of setting up a day nursery in a Maycrete hut, including cost of preparation of site, shell, erection and equipment is approximately £2,000. In case it should not be possible to obtain adequate numbers of suitable houses, I have obtained an allocation of 1,000 such huts. Two hundred and ten of these have now been ordered by local authorities, the majority of which have been delivered and are being erected.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Lindsay Mr Kenneth Lindsay , Kilmarnock

Will the right hon. Gentleman bear in mind that there are other types of hut at only half the cost, and will he try to get some of them put up?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I will remember what my hon. Friend has said, but he must bear in mind the question of obtaining a regular supply.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Lindsay Mr Kenneth Lindsay , Kilmarnock

Is not my right hon. Friend aware that within 20 miles of this House a hut is in existence which cost only £600?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I will beat that and other factors in mind, as I have said.

Photo of Mr Benjamin Smith Mr Benjamin Smith , Bermondsey Rotherhithe

Has the attention of the right hon. Gentleman been called to the situation which exists in regard to some of these places?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I am aware of one place where there are huts with no roofs and no joinery.

Photo of Mr Alfred Edwards Mr Alfred Edwards , Middlesbrough East

Is this type of building giving complete satisfaction?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I would not like to say that.