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Nursery Education

Volume 175: debated on Thursday 28 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether the Government intend to make the provision of nursery education in Scotland compulsory; and if he will make a statement.

The Government have no plans to impose a duty on education authorities to provide nursery education. Authorities are best placed to decide the extent of pre-school provision appropriate for their area having regard to local circumstances and competing priorities.