§ Mr. Dalyell
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what is his policy towards establishing nursery schools under the auspices of local authorities.
§ Mr. Ross
Since 1966, education authorities have been permitted to establish new nursery classes in existing schools or other buildings for the purpose of encouraging married women teachers with young children to return to teaching. Under the Government's recently announced urban programme a limited number of new nursery schools and classes are expected to be established in areas of social deprivation within the next 18 months, and I hope that some further expansion of this kind may be possible as resources become available.