HC Deb 23 November 1939 vol 353 cc1375-6
23. Sir Henry Morris-Jones

asked the Minister of Health whether he will reconsider the present scale of allowances in respect of children and helpers billeted upon householders in the reception areas, in view of the fact that the present scale does not cover the cost incurred by householders who, in many cases, have to make a greater financial sacrifice than they can afford?

The Minister of Health (Mr. Elliot)

I have given careful consideration to the present scale of billeting allowances, but I am afarid that I cannot accept my hon. Friend's suggestion that they are inadequate.

Sir H. Morris-Jones

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware of the very heavy outlay which has been incurred in reception areas for clothes for children evacuated and whether in view of the financial sacrifices incurred by the hosts he will reconsider the scale payable by families of evacuees?

Mr. Elliot

As to clothes, they, of course, remain the responsibility of the parents, and I very much hope that no expenses will be allowed to fall upon the hosts in respect of such things.