HC Deb 28 March 1972 vol 834 cc45-6W
35. Mr. Barry Jones

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what were the numbers of local authority day nurseries and places, private nurseries and places, hospital nurseries and children privately fostered, respectively, for 1970.

Mr. Alison

On 31st December, 1970, 453 local authority day nurseries were providing 21,581 places, and in the private sector 748 premises registered under the Nurseries and Child-Minders Regulation Act, 1948, as amended, were providing 19,811 places, for the full day care of children.

Comparable information about hospital nurseries is not available.

On 31st March, 1970, the estimated total number of foster-children in foster homes being supervised under the child protection provisions of the Children Act, 1958, was 10,600.