HC Deb 23 November 1982 vol 32 c410W
Dr. Roger Thomas

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will take steps to increase the availability of nursing of pre-school education for 3 and 4-year-olds in Wales to a level comparable with the average provision throughout England.

Mr. Michael Roberts

The proportion of children under the statutory school age for whom educational provision is being made in the maintained sector is, in fact, higher in Wales than in England. For example, figures for January 1982 show that the proportions of 3 and 4-year-olds attending maintained primary schools were 67.7 per cent. in Wales and 40.4 per cent. in England. More detailed figures will be available in due course in the appropriate statistical publication.