§ 56. Dr. MARION PHILLIPS
asked the President of the Board of Education whether the Sunderland education authority has now included the provision of a nursery school in its programme; and, if not, whether the Board of Education is satisfied that it is making suitable provision for young children, especially in its poorest and most crowded areas?
§ The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Sir Charles Trevelyan)
I have not yet received the answer of the Sunderland Local Education Authority to my request for information as to their proposals in regard to young children, but I am communicating with them again.
Will the President of the Board of Education bear in mind that most of these nursery schools are run by voluntary associations, and will he do something to stimulate local authorities to start nursery schools?
Is it not true that most of these schools were started under private enterprise, and is it not the duty of the Government to stimulate local authorities to start nursery schools?
§ Sir C. TREVELYAN
We are stimulating local authorities. My right hon. Friend the Minister of Health and myself have issued a circular quite recently urging local authorities to start these nursery schools.