HC Deb 21 December 1972 vol 848 cc417-8W
Mr. Judd

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what consultations she has had with Portsmouth City Council about financial assistance from the urban aid programme for the exten- sion of nursery school facilities in the city, particularly in redevelopment areas like Buckland, what action she is taking to ensure that any agreed priorities are protected from the impact of the freeze; and whether she will make a statement.

Mr. St. John-Stevas

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department has recently approved the provision of 40 new nursery places in the Paulsgrove area under phase 7 of the urban programme. A proposal for an additional nursery unit in the Buckland area was given a lower priority by the local education authority, and it was not possible to approve it within the resources available. The payment of Exchequer grant on approved projects is not affected by the Government's statutory control of prices and incomes.