§ 4. Mrs. Renée Short
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many nursery classes will be opened in Wolverhampton during the year 1969–70.
§ Mr. Edward Short
Three nursery schools and one nursery class—seven classes in all—will be provided in Wolverhampton under the first phase of the urban programme.
§ Mrs. Short
I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for his reply, but does he not think that he is being a little unfair to Wolverhampton, which has such great needs and problems in this direction? Is he aware that, although I appreciate that Birmingham has many serious problems, too, Birmingham has received the lion's share of the West Midlands allocation under the urban aid programme? Will he look again at Wolverhampton's allocation to see if he can improve it?
§ Mr. Wellbeloved
Will my right hon. Friend acknowledge that the provision of nursery schools affects a wider area than the Midlands, and will he give comparative figures for the provision of nursery schools under this Administration and the previous Administration?
§ Mr. Short
I am glad to do that in view of the speech of the Leader of the Opposition at the weekend. Over 150 classes formed by this Government are operating, which is about 150 more than under the Conservative Government. Under the first phase of the urban programme there will be another 191, and as I have said, in the next few days we shall be sending out letters asking for bids for the second phase.