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Nursery Schools

Volume 414: debated on Thursday 11 October 1945

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asked the Minister of Education whether, in view of overcrowding in nursery schools in the London area, the long waiting lists of children whose mothers desire them to be at these schools, and the overcrowded condition of many homes, she will pay special attention to the need for assisting local authorities immediately to extend nursery school facilities in overcrowded areas.

The majority of nursery schools in the London area have not yet reopened after evacuation, but my hon. Friend may have in mind children under five in the infant schools and those in war-time nurseries provided by the welfare authorities. I am aware of the demand for nursery provision in the area and will consider with my right hon. Friend, the Minister of Health, how it can best be met, bearing in mind the urgent claims upon building labour for other work.