§ Mr. Barry Jones
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what action has been taken and is proposed by local education authorities as a result of the circular of summer 1970 inviting local education authorities to make bids for nursery education and child care; if she will list this information in the Official Report; and if she will make a statement.
§ Mrs. Thatcher
The third phase of the Urban Programme, just approved by my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary, includes the provision of 5,200 nursery places in 62 English local education authorities at a cost of about £1.3 million. I understand from my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales that corresponding figures there are 280, 5 and £0.1 million. Child care projects are a matter for my right hon. Friends the Secretary of State for the Social Services and the Secretary of State for Wales.