§ The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Mr. Oliver Stanley)
I am sending the hon. Member a copy of the Board's Circular 1444 issued last January in which local education authorities are asked to survey the needs of their areas. Local education authorities already possess full powers to provide nursery schools where needed in their areas, and I am not satisfied that it is desirable or practicable to introduce legislation of the type contemplated by the hon. Member.
§ Mr. STANLEY
There has certainly been a great speeding up in the provision of nursery schools during the last 12 months.