§ 29. Mr. Hardy
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many children below the statutory school age are in either part- or wholetime attendance at nursery schools or in similar establishments:and how this compares with the position five years ago.
§ Miss Margaret Jackson:
In January 1978 the number of children under five in maintained nursery schools and nursery classes of primary schools in England was 201,337; in addition, there were 231,807 children under five in ordinary classes in primary schools. The corresponding figures for 1973 were 110,315 and 245,495 respectively.