HL Deb 30 June 1948 vol 157 cc100-1

Clause 27, page 19, line 23, leave out lines 23 to 27.


My Lords, your Lordships will remember that the Curtis Committee recommended that all homes taking full custody of children should be registered and inspected by the central department. So far as is known, the only identifiable class of children's homes (other than local authority homes) not covered by the existing definition is the one comprising homes supported by endowments. Clause 27, accordingly, extends the definition of "voluntary home" in the Children and Young Persons Acts to bring in homes supported wholly or partly by endowments, not being schools within the meaning of the Education Acts. The proviso to Clause 27 empowers the Secretary of State to direct that any home which is brought within the category of "voluntary home" by the extended definition, should not be subject to the provisions of the clause. It was inserted as a safeguard, in case the extended definition should bring in some places to which the controls to be applied to voluntary homes in general should not reasonably be applied. There is no knowledge at present of any places which would qualify for exemption. I beg to move.

Moved, That this House do agree with the Commons in the said Amendment.—(The Lord Chancellor.)

On Question, Motion agreed to.