§ Mrs. Renée Short
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if any projects for nursery education, already approved since the allocation of £34 million for the expansion of nursery education, will be axed as a result of her recent decision to curtail capital expenditure; and if she will list the authorities so affected and the savings in each case.
§ Mrs. Thatcher
None. The Department's Circular 12/73 is concerned with rephasing public building programmes in relation to contracts which might otherwise have been placed before the end of 1973. The £34 million recently allocated to local education authorities for the first stage of the programme to expand nursery education is for projects starting in 1974–75 and 1975–76 and was not affected by that circular.