HC Deb 07 March 1940 vol 358 cc576-7W
Mr. J. Morgan

asked the Minister of Health whether any inspectors are available to pay visits to reception areas or homes where there is reason to believe evacuated children are in unsatisfactory conditions?

Mr. Elliot

The local authorities in the reception areas are primarily responsible for ensuring through their billeting officers and local welfare committees that children are not billeted in unsatisfactory conditions. Local authorities have been asked from the inception of the evacuation scheme to arrange for a visit to be made to each house in which unaccompanied children have been received during the first week following reception and thereafter as often as may be necessary. The officers of the regional staffs of my Department are in constant personal touch with the different local authorities. If anyone has good reason at any time to bring to the notice of my Department conditions which call for inquiry an immediate investigation will be made.

Mr. Muff

asked the Minister of Health whether he will reimburse local authorities the cost of transferring bodies of deceased persons, who had been evacuated, back to the deceased's home district, when the relatives are too poor to pay for the transfer?

Mr. Elliot

If the hon. Member would wish to bring to my attention any particular cases which he has in mind I should be prepared to give them careful consideration.