HC Deb 11 March 1977 vol 927 c693W
Sir George Young

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what steps she is taking to encourage nursery schools and nursery classes to open earlier and to close later.

Miss Margaret Jackson

This must be a matter for local education authorities who would have to take into account the additional staffing required for the longer day. Provision for children in need of full-time day care and education normally requires the co-operation of local education and social services departments, which my Department and the Department of Health and Social Security sought to encourage in the joint circular letter issued last year.