§ 26. Mr. Frankel
asked the Minister of Health how many maternity and child-welfare authorities in the London Civil Defence Region have, in view of the fact that there is no general scheme for the evacuation of unaccompanied children under five, arranged to provide residential nurseries in reception areas on their own responsibility; and whether such a course has his approval?
§ The Minister of Health (Mr. Ernest Brown)
My Department, working in cooperation with the Standing Joint Committee of Metropolitan Borough Councils as welfare authorities, the London County Council as evacuation and social welfare authority and Women's Voluntary Services, has a scheme for the evacuation of unaccompanied children under five where the family circumstances are such that it is impossible for the mother to accompany the child. Evacuation has been offered in4,850 such cases, and the great majority of them have filled vacancies arising in the 190 residential nurseries with 6,000 places in reception areas. Two welfare authorities in the London Civil Defence Region have enlisted my assistance in establishing new residential 1002 nurseries for children so selected from their areas. Three welfare authorities have sent parties to new nurseries established under private arrangements.
§ Mr. Frankel
Will my right hon. Friend reply to the last part of the Question and state whether these arrangements have his approval?
§ 27. Mr. Frankel
asked the Minister of Health how many cases of children under five years of age remaining in the London Civil Defence Region were revealed by the recent evacuation canvass to be due to the fact that the mother, though willing for the child to be evacuated, was unable to accompany the child to a reception area or to arrange for the child to be evacuated without her?