HC Deb 10 April 1952 vol 498 c2963
22. Mr. John Peyton

asked the Minister of Education whether she will refuse to sanction the decision of the Somerset County Council to close nursery schools at Yeovil and Chard.

Miss Horsbrugh

I am considering the local education authority's proposal, of which I have just been informed, to close eight out of the 10 nursery schools which they maintain, including that at Chard and one of the two at Yeovil.

Mr. Peyton

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the result of this proposal, if approved, will be very considerable hardship to the children and parents involved, and has she satisfied herself that adequate inquiries were first made by the Somerset County Council?

Miss Horsbrugh

As I have said, I have only just received the proposal. It was sent to me on 4th April, and I shall look into all the details about the proposed closing of these nursery schools.

Mr. G. Thomas

Is the Minister aware that it was her own circular which inspired this authority and other similarly minded authorities to reduce the facilities that are considered essential in the educational world?

Miss Horsbrugh

As I think the hon. Gentleman knows, these schools cannot be closed unless the approval of the Minister is given. As I have said, I am looking into all these cases, but I only received this communication on 4th April.