HC Deb 27 January 1944 vol 396 cc848-9
36. Lady Apsley

asked the Minister of Health in how many cases the parents of evacuated children have either been killed or have disappeared; and what action is taken in the latter case to secure the welfare of the children concerned.

Mr. Willink

Comprehensive statistics as to the number of parents killed or who have disappeared are not available; but particulars obtained from some of the larger evacuation areas suggest that the number of evacuated children whose parents have disappeared is small. For the time being, the children are maintained under the Government evacuation scheme, and the welfare arrangements of the scheme are available to secure their proper care. These arrangements include visits by welfare officers, sick-bay and special hostel arrangements, and provision of boots and clothing where necessary.

Lady Apsley

Is my right hon. and learned Friend satisfied that in such cases the children are being looked after satisfactorily?

Mr. Willink

If my hon. Friend has any instances of lack of care I shall be very obliged if she will bring them to my attention.

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