HC Deb 01 April 1971 vol 814 cc419-20W
37. Mr. Edwin Wainwright

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many nursery classes and places there are in the West Riding County Council educational area; and what are the figures for the Mexborough and Staincross divisional education districts.

Mr. van Straubenzee

In January, 1970, there were 3,899 pupils aged under five—excluding rising fives—in maintained nursery and primary schools in the West Riding. Figures for divisional executives are not available in the Department, but may be obtained from the local education authority.

Mrs. Lena Jeger

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science, in view of the growing number of small children in Central London who live either in tall flats or inadequate homes awaiting slum clearance, what plans she has to increase the number of places in nursery schools; and what financial aid she will make available to boroughs where this problem is most acute.

Mrs. Thatcher

Approval was given earlier this year under the urban programme to the provision within the Inner London Education Authority's area of 430 additional nursery places, including 30 places at Kingsgate Primary School in the Borough of Camden. The capital cost to the Authority of making this provision, together with running costs for at least five years, will be eligible for 75 per cent. grant from the Exchequer. Projects for the provision of nursery places will again be eligible for consideration in future phases of the programme.