HC Deb 05 November 1940 vol 365 cc1222-3W
Mr. Sorensen

asked the Minister of Health whether he has recommended to, or instructed. local authorities to see that all women about to be confined shall be transferred to relatively safe areas for their confinement; and, where this is not immediately possible, whether he is satisfied that the air-raid shelters provided have received every means of additional strengthening and protection possible?

Miss Horsbrugh

Arrangements have already been made under the Government evacuation scheme for all expectant mothers in evacuation areas who wish to be evacuated for their confinement to be provided for in reception areas. As regards the second part of the Question I think that the hon. Member is under a misapprehension in suggesting that special shelters are provided for the reception of expectant mothers. Those in charge of shelters have, however, clear instructions as to the steps to be taken in the event of premature births occurring.