HC Deb 19 January 1967 vol 739 c633
21. Mr. Winnick

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will now review the existing regulations for nursery schools.

Mr. Denis Howell

My right hon. Friend will be considering this whole question in the light of the recommendations of the Plowden Council.

Mr. Winnick

Is my hon. Friend aware that there is a tremendous need for nursery school places which, in most cases, is not being satisfied? May we know when there is to be any real change or relaxation of the existing restrictions on nursery school places?

Mr. Howell

We certainly cannot know that today. Although we agree in principle with what my hon. Friend has said, the hon. Gentleman will be aware that it is entirely a question of economic priorities.

Mr. Ridsdale

Will the hon. Gentleman pay attention to the private nursery schools, which are suffering a great deal of handicap because of the Selective Employment Tax?

Mr. Howell

I take note of the hon. Gentleman's comment.