§ Mr. Howe
asked the Minister of Health what was the total cost, in the last year for which figures are available for 187W England and Wales, of the provision and maintenance and operation of day nurseries under the National Health Service Act 1946 and the Nurseries and Child-Minders Regulation Act 1948; and what proportion and part of such total costs were borne, respectively, by local authorities, by the Exchequer and by persons availing themselves of the services referred to.
§ Mr. K. Robinson
The total cost of day nurseries provided by local health authorities under the National Health Service Act 1946 was approximately £5 million in 1964–65, of which about one-fifth was borne by persons using the service. Some 60 per cent. of the expenditure of local authorities as a whole on this and other general grant services is borne by the Exchequer through the General and Rate Deficiency Grants.
Information about the cost of nurseries registered under the Nurseries and Child-Minders Regulation Act, 1948 is not available.