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Nursery Education

Volume 884: debated on Tuesday 21 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is his estimate of the number of teachers who would be required in September 1981 to provide nursery education to all four-year-olds on (a) a full-time basis and (b) a part-time basis, assuming that the birth rate remains constant.

On the staffing standards of Cmnd. 5174 and if births remained constant at the 1974 level, about 24,000 teachers if all the children attended full-time, and about 12,000 if the children attended half-time.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the total amount of grants to be made to local authorities in England and Wales for nursery education for 1975–1976.

My Department does not make grants to local authorities for nursery education, but local authority expenditure on nursery and other education is relevant expenditure for the purposes of rate support grant. My Department does, however, authorise local education authorities to carry out capital building projects, and has made allocations totalling £17·2 million to authorities in England for projects to start during 1975–76. Allocations to authorities in Wales are a matter for my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.