Nursery Schools

Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th May 1954.

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Photo of Mr George Craddock Mr George Craddock , Bradford South 12:00 am, 13th May 1954

asked the Minister of Education if, in view of present and future needs, she will consider lifting the ban on the building of nursery schools, by the removal of Circular 155, issued in 1947.

Photo of Mr John Hynd Mr John Hynd , Sheffield, Attercliffe

asked the Minister of Education whether she will now withdraw Circular No. 155 and thus enable education authorities to proceed with the provision of nursery schools.

Photo of Dame Florence Horsbrugh Dame Florence Horsbrugh , Manchester Moss Side

I would refer the hon. Members to the answer which my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary gave to the hon. and learned Gentleman the Member for Northampton (Mr. Paget) on 15th April last.

Photo of Mr George Craddock Mr George Craddock , Bradford South

Will the right hon. Lady go very carefully into this matter to see whether the Government can in some part carry out their programme that they enunciated at the last Election? If the Government want to help the people they would do well to make it possible for these nursery schools to be built.

Photo of Dame Florence Horsbrugh Dame Florence Horsbrugh , Manchester Moss Side

I quite agree, but I think the hon. Gentleman realises that our first duty must be to the children of compulsory school age. There has been a slight increase since 1951 in the number of nursery schools, and in the number of children at them, but I cannot say that we can reverse the policy laid down in 1947 until we have got ahead with the building programme for the children of compulsory school age.