§ Mr. St. John-Stevas
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many children were in maintained nursery education in England and Wales in January 1971, January 1974 and January 1977, respectively.
§ Miss Margaret Jackson
In 1971 and 1974, the numbers of full-time and part-time pupils attending maintained nursery schools or nursery classes in maintained primary schools in England were 90,146 and 123,591 respectively; comparable figures for 1977 are not yet available but the number of pupils in 1976 was 158,234.
Nursery education in Wales is a matter for my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.