HC Deb 24 October 1940 vol 365 cc1157-8W
Sir H. Webbe

asked the Home Secretary whether, in view of the desirability of evacuating as many as possible of the non-essential population of London, he will relax the present restrictions on the emigration of women between the ages of 16 and 60 to other parts of the British Empire?

Mr. H. Morrison

Because it may be desirable for many women in present circumstances to leave London, it does not follow that they can make no contribution to the war effort and should be encouraged to leave the country. The present restrictions do not prevent women from accompanying their children overseas.

Mr. Ness Edwards

asked the Minister of Health what public funds are available in reception areas for the purpose of providing shoes and clothing for evacuee schoolchildren; and what are the functions of local authorities in this very urgent matter?

Mr. M. MacDonald

I have recently issued to local authorities a circular which deals very fully with the provision of clothing and boots for evacuated children. I am sending the hon. Member a copy.