HC Deb 21 February 1972 vol 831 c883
15 and 22. Mr. Barry Jones

asked the Secretary of State for Wales (1) how many nursery school places he expects to approve for Wales for 1973;

(2) how many nursery school places he expects to approve for the constituency of East Flintshire in 1973.

Mr. Peter Thomas

Nursery places are provided at present under the Urban Aid Programme and I shall shortly be inviting proposals for phase 7 of this programme, which will include capital projects to be started in 1973–74.

Mr. Jones

Is the right hon. and learned Genetleman aware that the figures for the provision of nursery schooling in Wales are scandalously low? Has he no interest in the under-fives? Will he take an interest in the requirements of the large new housing estate in East Flintshire where there is not a single nursery school?

Mr. Thomas

The hon. Gentleman should not use the term "scandalously low", nor should he suggest that I have no interest in the under-fives. In 1971 I programmed 2,440 nursery places, four times as many places as in the previous 10 years, and in two years I have programmed seven times as many nursery places as the previous Administration did in six years. For the period 1970–72 I have programmed 400 nursery places in East Flintshire alone.