HC Deb 05 December 1984 vol 69 c205W
11. Mr. Johnston

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will introduce measures to restore the duty on the local authorities to provide nursery education as previously stated in the Education (Scotland) Act 1962.

Mr. Allan Stewart

No, Sir. The duty prescribed in the 1962 Act was defined in only the broadest terms. It left education authorities very wide discretion in practice; and I see nothing to be gained by reverting to it.