HC Deb 11 May 1931 vol 252 cc812-3
76. Mr. DAY

asked the President of the Board of Education whether he has any statistics, or will make inquiries, as to the number of nursery schools at present established in Germany compared with that of Great Britain; and can he state the number of new nursery schools that have been approved during the previous 12 months; the number at present under construction; and the average present cost per place to provide a new nursery school?


My right hon. Friend has no statistics as to the number of schools established in Germany which could properly be regarded as comparable with English nursery schools; but he has some information as to the provision made in some German towns for children under school age, which he will be pleased to communicate to my hon. Friend. The number of nursery schools in England and Wales at present recognised by the Board of Education is 44, of which 14 have been recognised during the last 12 months. Final plans have been approved for 13 schools which are believed to be at present under construction. The average cost of building a nursery school is approximately £36 per place.


Has the hon. Gentleman any information as to the compulsory age for attendance in these schools?


I should require notice of that question.