HC Deb 19 December 1963 vol 686 cc1416-7
13. Mr. Boyden

asked the Minister of Education how many new nursery schools have been established so far this year; and how many are planned for 1964 and 1965.

Sir E. Boyle

The answer to the first part of the Question is one new school and three replacements. I have had no proposals so far for new schools in 1964 and 1965.

Mr. Boyden

Is that surprising in view of the long stop which there has been on nursery schools? In view, however, of the evidence which has now been brought forward in the Kelsall Report, will the Minister look again at this matter and see whether he cannot encourage the setting up of more nursery classes or schools in places where there is a likelihood of more married women teachers entering service in the schools?

Sir E. Boyle

The hon. Member is quite right in the latter part of what he has said. The one exception which I can make is where a local authority can enable married women to return to teaching by providing nursery classes. I spoke on this matter recently in the light of the Kelsall Report and I am considering what more can be done to encourage authorities to set up nursery classes in these circumstances.

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