HC Deb 21 March 1946 vol 420 c403W
Mr. Linstead

asked the Minister of Health the extent to which the scheme for the provision of domestic help recommended in Circular 179/44, of 14th December, 1944, has been put into effect by local authorities.

1944. 1945. 1946.
1 Jan. 1 Mar. 1 Jan. 1 Mar. 1 Jan. 1 Mar.
Children 21 24 24 20 13 14 (22 at the present time).
Staff Unknown 10 8 10 8 9
Total number of beds available …25
Annual cost of the requisitioned premises … £ 307

The information asked for in the latter parts of the Question is not readily available and could be obtained only by a special examination of detailed records in all regions. It may, however, suffice for the hon. and gallant Member's purpose if I say that the greatest number of residential nurseries in use at any one time was 415, and that they provided accommodation for 13,033 children. About two-thirds of the premises used were requisitioned. Eighty per cent. of these nurseries have now been closed.

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