HC Deb 08 February 1945 vol 407 cc2221-2
40. Mr. Lindsay

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what authority the boy Dennis O'Neill was boarded out at Bank Farm; and when the boarding-out conditions were last inspected.

Mr. H. Morrison

This boy had been committed to the care of the Newport county borough council and the council, I am informed, arranged in June, 1944, for him to be boarded out at Bank Farm, Minsterley, Shropshire. I understand that the boy was taken to his foster home by an officer of the education authority when he was placed there in June, and was visited by another of the authority's officers on 20th December, 1944. I have already called for a full report on the case.

Mr. Silverman

Does the right hon. Gentleman realise that this boy was taken away from his home on the alleged ground that he was in need of care and protection, and in those circumstances how does it come about that he was placed where the care and protection afforded him were evidently no greater than he got at home?

Mr. Morrison

I have called for a report on the case and I ought not to express an opinion before I have considered it, but in the meantime I would inform my hon. Friend that the responsibility for its inspection under the law is the responsibility of the Newport county borough council.

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