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Written Answers

Volume 478: debated on Friday 20 October 1950

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Written Answers To Questions

Friday, 20th October, 1950

Pakistan (Sterling Balances)

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has any statement to make about the recent conversations of the Minister of State for Economic Affairs with the Finance Minister of Pakistan.

In the course of these conversations the opportunity was taken to review the arrangements agreed between the two Governments on 27th July last (see Command Paper 8008) regarding drawings on Pakistan's sterling balances during the year ending 30th June, 1951. In that agreement it was contemplated that supplementary transfers might be found to be necessary by the end of September, 1950, for the purpose of meeting Pakistan's requirements for foreign exchange. It has now been agreed that additional transfers of £2½ million may be made to cover Pakistan's requirements up to the end of December, 1950, when the matter will again be reviewed between the two Governments.

Nursery Schools, Stoke-On-Trent

asked the Minister of Education how many children are accommodated in nursery schools in the City of Stoke-on-Trent; what is the average cost per child a week; and the total number of persons directly employed in this service.

There are at present 465 children on the registers of the seven nursery schools maintained by the local education authority for Stoke-on-Trent. For these children the staff is 16 teachers, 26 nursery assistants, and 11 meals assistants. Current average costs per child per week are not at present known, but in the financial year 1949–50 when the average number on registers was 342, the average cost per child per school week was £1 5s. 0d., exclusive of the cost of medical inspection and provision of meals.

Gas Strike (Assistance Grants)

asked the Minister of National Insurance how many of those who took part in the recent gas strike have drawn National Assistance during their refusal to work.

Precise information is not available but the National Assistance Board inform me that grants were made to about 150 of the men referred to. Apart from some five cases where a special grant was made to meet urgent need all grants to these men during the dispute provided for the needs of dependants only.