§ Mr. Armstrong
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science, how many new nursery schools have been established in England and Wales during the period 1st January to 31st October, 1965; and how many extra teachers have been recruited as a consequence.
§ Mr. Crosland
None, but on the expansion of nursery classes, as distinct from nursery schools, I would refer my hon. Friend to the Under-Secretary's reply of 1st July to my hon. Friend the Member for Wolverhampton, North-East (Mrs. Renée Short). I am about to announce to local education authorities more flexible arrangements for relating nursery expansion to the recruitment of qualified women teachers returning to service. Authorities who satisfy these revised requirements for expanding their nursery facilities will be encouraged to set up new nursery schools, as well as new classes, if suitable existing premises are available.