HC Deb 31 May 1937 vol 324 c667
36. Mr. Messer

asked the Minister of Health whether he is prepared to sanction public assistance committees providing accommodation for Spanish refugee children in homes or institutions at public expense?

Mr. Bernays

As financial responsibility for the Spanish refugee children has been undertaken by a number of voluntary bodies, my right hon. Friend is not prepared to sanction expenditure on their maintenance by local authorities from public funds.

Mr. Messer

In the event of those who have given the undertaking finding it impossible to carry it out what would be the position of the children?

Mr. Speaker

That is, obviously, an hypothetical question.