HC Deb 31 March 1927 vol 204 cc1444-5W

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that, in January, 1925, the Board of Education approved a proposed site for a nursery school in the area of the Walthamstow Urban District Council, and that in February, 1925, his Department gave sanction for a loan to secure the site: that in July, 1925, plans for the nursery school were approved by the Board of Education; that in January, 1926,, the local authority accepted a tender for the erection of the school and his Department was asked to sanction the necessary loan; that sanction was refused then and on several occasions since on the ground of the present high rates and the financial position of the district; and whether, in view of the expense already incurred and the fact that it is in poor districts of highly-rated areas that nursery schools are most urgently required, he will reconsider the application of the local authority for a loan?


I am aware of the facts as stated by the hon. Member, but I regret that, in view of the financial circumstances of the district, I do not at present feel justified in altering my decision.