HC Deb 06 June 1940 vol 361 c983
9. Mr. David Adams

asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the heavy increase of the infant mortality rates in industrial areas during the last war, he will take immediate steps to secure the setting up of nursery schools throughout the country?

Mr. M. MacDonald

Nursery schools are not the concern of my Department, but the hon. Member may like to know that I am now actively engaged in consultation with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour, in considering the establishment of day nurseries in certain areas in which large numbers of married women with children are employed in industrial work of national importance.

Mr. Adams

Will the Minister make representations to the proper quarter that the establishment of nursery schools is a necessity?

Mr. MacDonald

That is a matter for the President of the Board, and perhaps the hon. Member will approach him.