HC Deb 24 April 1941 vol 371 cc249-50
37. Miss Cazalet

asked the Minister of Health whether he will consult with the appropriate Departments with a view to co-ordinating all nursery provision for children under five years of age?

Mr. E. Brown

I have the matter to which my hon. Friend refers under active consideration.

Miss Cazalet

Does not my right hon. Friend think the time has arrived when, in the interests of the children themselves, all nursery provision should be under one Department rather than under three Departments, as is the case at the present time?

Mr. Brown

The questions involved in that and in other matters concerning the whole problem of children under five are under my consideration, and I am in close touch with my right hon. Friend the President of the Board of Education.

Dr. Summerskill

Could the Minister say that he is satisfied with the rate at which accommodation is being provided?

Mr. Brown

Certainly not, or I would not be actively considering it and making extensions every day.