§ 23. Miss Lestor
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if she will list her powers to prevent a local authority extending nursery school provision.
§ Mrs. Thatcher
I have no such statutory powers. Successive Secretaries of State have discouraged by administrative means the general expansion of nursery education, except under the Urban Programme, because of other claims on resources.
§ Miss Lestor
Will the right hon. Lady therefore confirm that those local authorities that have indicated that they would like to extend their nursery school provision, particularly by using empty class-rooms in infants' schools, can do so if they wish and cannot be prevented by her Department?