HC Deb 07 August 1941 vol 373 cc2080-1
42. Mr. Keeling

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that there is delay in rendering accounts to London parents for their share of the cost of billeting their children removed to the country; that, in one recent case, a mother who had frequently asked for an account was not given one until the contribution demanded had reached£ 10; and whether he will give an assurance that such delays, which cause worry to the parents and losses to the Treasury, will not recur?

The Minister of Health (Mr. Ernest Brown)

Recoveries in respect of the cost of billeting of their children are made from parents by the county authority of the area from which they were evacuated. I am not aware of any substantial delay in such recoveries, but I am making inquiries of the London County Council about the case mentioned by my hon. Friend and I will let him know the result as soon as possible.