HC Deb 31 July 1941 vol 373 cc1527-8
42. Mr. Lindsay

asked the President of the Board of Education what is the representation of his Department on the Joint Committee concerned with accelerating the provision of nursery centres?

Mr. Butler

A principal from the Board of Education, who has been conversant with the nursery centres scheme from the beginning, has been attached to the division of the Ministry of Health, which is administering war-time nurseries. In addition, one of the Board's medical officers and one of His Majesty's expert inspectors are assisting the Ministry in the work.

Mr. Lindsay

When my right hon. Friend has time to do so, will he reconsider the recent decision to transfer this work to another Department, as it goes against the experience of all the best workers of the last 30 years?

Mr. Butler

I am satisfied from what I have seen hitherto that the arrangements made are working satisfactorily. I have announced to the House the arrangements we have made in collaboration with my right hon. Friend's Department.

Viscountess Astor

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that the people who have been interested in the question of nursery centres consider that the recent decision was a retrograde step, and will he also give a guarantee that there will be qualified inspectors?