HC Deb 02 December 1946 vol 431 c25
46. Mr. Austin

asked the Prime Minister whether, in regard to youth and child welfare, he will consider the establishment of a liaison advisory committee at the highest possible level for the purpose of coordinating the interests and activities of the Departments concerned.

The Prime Minister

If my hon. Friend will let me have some details of the sort of committee which he has in mind, and the scope of its operations, I shall be glad to consider his suggestion.

Mr. Austin

Is my right hon. Friend aware that there is no authority solely responsible for the problems arising from youth and child welfare? Will he not consider vesting this authority in one body?

The Prime Minister

That is just what I want from my hon. Friend. I want to know just what kind of thing he wants.

Mr. Wilson Harris

Does the right hon. Gentleman recollect that the Curtis Committee have recommended that the care of the so-called "deprived" children should be in the-hands of a single Government Department? Has he any statement to make on that?

The Prime Minister

No, Sir, that is another question.

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