HC Deb 24 February 1966 vol 725 cc614-5
28. Mr. Hugh Jenkins

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he is aware that his restrictions are preventing the establishment of a nursery class at Hotham School, Putney, and that the absence of such a class is preventing the return of a number of married women to teaching; and whether he will lift these restrictions.

Mr. Redhead

My right hon. Friend has not received any representations about establishing a nursery class at this school. It is our policy to encourage the establishment of nursery classes where suitable accommodation exists, and where this would enable married women to return to teaching. The Department is discussing with the Inner London Education Authority in what way it may be possible to expand their nursery schools provision for this purpose.

Mr. Jenkins

Is my hon. Friend aware that this reply will be received with great interest, and I am pretty sure that an application will be before him soon at which I hope he will look with favour?

Mr. Redhead

Any proposals will most certainly be carefully considered.