HC Deb 19 January 1967 vol 739 cc638-9
29. Mrs. Renée Short

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many local education authorities have now opened nursery classes; how many others intend to do so in the foreseeable future; and how many teachers have returned to teaching as a result since his circular on nursery classes was published.

Mr. Crosland

I cannot at present add to the Answer which I gave to my hon. Friend on 16th June, [Vol. 729, c. 304.] but the latest figures should be available in March.

Mrs. Short

May I thank my right hon. Friend for that reply and ask him if, in view of the recent publication of the Plowden Report, he will give this matter very urgent consideration? Will he bear in mind that the nation can have the whole of Plowden providing that we give up one Polaris nuclear submarine? Will the Minister press for this in the Cabinet?

Mr. Crosland

That goes slightly wider than the immediate question, but I will certainly bear all of these diverse matters in mind.