HC Deb 30 January 1947 vol 432 cc249-50W
82. Dr. Stross

asked the Minister of Health what is the average total cost per week for each child maintained in a day nursery.

Mr. Bevan

The average total cost per place is approximately 27s. per week in London and 23s in the Provinces.

83. Dr. Stross

asked the Minister of Health what procedure is in use for the inspection of day nurseries as to their suitability for training of nursery assistants; and whether nurseries found unsuitable for such training are closed as being unsuitable for the education and care of the children themselves.

Mr. Bevan

Nurseries are inspected jointly by officers of my Department and of the Ministry of Education. If a nursery is considered unsuitable for training students, the responsible Authority is urged to bring it up to standard.

84. Dr. Stross

asked the Minister of Health how many children under two years of age are cared for in day nurseries in England and Wales; and how many nurseries cater only for children of this age.

Mr. Bevan

The latest figures are 14,847 and 45 respectively.