HC Deb 07 November 1939 vol 353 cc24-5
42. Mr. Mathers

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has considered the request of the South Queens-ferry Town Council that, in addition to school children, those of pre-school age, and their mothers, should also be evacuated; and whether he has agreed to this?

Mr. Colville

As the hon. Member knows, difficulties have arisen in connection with the evacuation of mothers with their children and no further evacuation of this class from the original sending areas is contemplated at present. I have, however, arranged that the Department of Health should discuss with the town council and the receiving authorities the question of how far the pre-school children in South Queensferry could be evacuated either with their mothers or as unaccompanied children.

Mr. Gallacher

Did the right hon. Gentleman receive a letter from me enclosing a telegram from the commanding officer of the area of North Queens-ferry urging that this evacuation should take place?

Mr. Coiville

I did receive the letter from the hon. Member, and I should explain that I did arrange for the authorities in that area also to be consulted on the same question.