Oral Answers to Questions — Day Nurseries.

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons on 18th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

The policy of the Government was indicated in the statements made in the House on 5th February and 5th March and in the circulars sent to local authorities, copies of which I will send to my hon. Friend. The number of day nurseries in operation at the end of May was 540, approved but not yet in operation 576 and in an earlier stage of preparation 216, making a total at all stages of 1,332. As indicated in the Reply which I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Dartford (Mrs. Adamson) on 12th February it would not be in the public interest to publish the figures for individual districts but I will send a list to my hon. Friend. As the figures indicate, substantial progress has been made and I am well aware of the appreciation of the work which has been done at Stoke on this matter. So far as I am aware, development is restricted only by difficulties as to labour and materials which are inherent in present conditions.