HC Deb 02 August 1922 vol 157 c1477W

asked the Minister of Health whether he: intends to reduce the grant given by the Ministry of Health to the Brondesbury and West Hampstead Crêche by the amount of £50, being half the special grant of £100 given last year by the Hampstead Borough Council to enable the crêche to reopen; and whether he is aware that the crêche may have to close if the grant be thus reduced?


I should much regret the closure of this crêche, but since the total State grant payable in aid of voluntary maternity and child welfare agencies, including the grant payable to a local authority in aid of contributions to such agencies, is limited to half the net expenditure, I am bound to reduce the direct grant to the crêche by the amount of the grant payable on the borough council's contributions to it.