HC Deb 01 December 1952 vol 508 cc121-2W
84. Mr. Beswick

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that the Middlesex County Council proposes to increase the charge for day nurseries from 2s. per child per day to a maximum of 9s. per child per day; how far this is in accordance with Government policy; and whether, to avoid hardship, he will cause these charges to be reviewed.

Mr. Iain Macleod

Yes, I am aware of the proposed increase, which is authorised by Section 5 (2) of the National Health Service Act, 1952, and appears to be within the limits of charge which I have approved generally. It is for the local health authority to have regard to the means of the parents when applying the charges.