HC Deb 14 June 1938 vol 337 cc37-8
67. Mr. Hopkin

asked the Minister of Labour whether he can make a statement regarding the circumstances under which about 50 trainees left Cynarth Camp, Carmarthenshire; whether he is aware of previous complaints concerning this camp; whether he will cause a special report to be made by his officers as to the suitability of the site and of the hutments; and what expense will be necessary to bring them up to a decent standard?

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Labour (Mr. Lennox-Boyd)

During a violent storm on 29th May, rain was driven under the doors of certain huts at the Cynarth Camp, which is attached to the Brechfa instructional centre. Precautions were taken to prevent bedding or clothing becoming wet, but complaints were made by some of the trainees. The following day the huts were inspected by the manager and the medical officer, who assured the trainees that they could remain at the camp without danger to their health. Nevertheless, 53 trainees left the camp that day. About a week previously there had been complaints by certain trainees as to the feeding arrangements at the camp. These had been examined and changes in the menu were made to meet them. I should add that a senior inspector from headquarters has already visited the camp and has made a report, the details of which are receiving consideration. I am satisfied, however, that the site and hutments are suitable for a summer camp, and that no large expenditure will be required. I shall be glad to give the hon. Member facilities for seeing the camp for himself if he so desires.

Mr. Hopkin

Have the 53 trainees returned to this camp?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I do not think so.

Mr. Davidson

Will the hon. Member consider the question of recommending that the medical officers of these camps should stay there permanently, because then we could expect decent recommendations?

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