HC Deb 09 December 1964 vol 703 c1522
4. Mr. Bence

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many voluntary nursery schools there are in the County of Dunbartonshire under the auspices of the National Association of Pre-School Playgroups; and what steps he proposes to take to encourage such schools.

Mrs. Hart

I understand that the Association has two member groups in Milngavie—of which one is registered with the local health authority. I think that the extension of these activities is essentially a matter for voluntary effort, which I hope will be encouraged by the Milngavie initiative.

Mr. Bence

Would my hon. Friend consider recommending that some aid be given to these organisations, because they are doing excellent work? I feel sure that they would submit themselves to some surveillance and control. This is a highly desirable project, and I feel sure that some grant in aid would be welcomed by the Association.

Mrs. Hart

One is very glad indeed to see these play groups embarked upon, because they are very useful. We give a small grant to the Nursery Schools Association and some local education authorities make grants. It is a matter which my right hon. Friend would need to discuss with local education authorities.

Mr. Buchan

Would my hon. Friend consider the possibility of encouraging local authorities to start a nursery class in each school as a means of encouraging married women teachers to return to teaching?

Mrs. Hart

We are very glad indeed to welcome local education authorities' provision of nursery classes where there are married teachers and we shall continue to encourage them wherever we can.