§ 18. Mr. Kenneth Lindsay
asked the Minister of Health whether he is satisfied that the number of day nurseries provided by local authorities is adequate to meet the needs of all the women who respond to the Government's recent appeal to enter industry.
§ Mr. Lindsay
Is my right hon. Friend aware that throughout the country there are springing up private nurseries for which a charge of over £1 a week is being made, and also nurseries in factories, none of which can be inspected or entered by representatives of his Department? Can he give some greater stimulus to local authorities in this matter, or consider a revision of the percentage grant?
§ Mr. Bevan
I take the view that the existing grant is adequate to stimulate local authorities to do their duty in this respect. However, when the new proposals are laid before Parliament, perhaps they will disclose further inducements, not in this particular respect but as to the general financial position of local authorities.
§ Mrs. Leah Manning
In view of the fact that nurseries attached to factories have certain advantages in that mothers do not have to make two journeys, would my right hon. Friend undertake to see that those nurseries are inspected?
§ Mr. Sparks
Is my right hon. Friend aware that some local authorities are charging extortionate prices for accommodating children in some of these day nurseries? Is this not a serious deterrent to women to go into industry, and will he ensure that where extortionate prices are charged appropriate action will be taken?