HC Deb 06 February 1941 vol 368 cc1094-5W
Mr. Muff

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether parents and guardians of children evacuated abroad are still contributing towards the maintenance of the children; what is the amount contributed; and how are the moneys being disbursed?

Mr. Shakespeare

The parents and guardians of children evacuated overseas under the Children's Overseas Reception Scheme are making weekly contributions according to their means. The standard amount of contribution varies from 6s. to £1 a week. As previously explained, no money is paid overseas for the maintenance of our children as Dominion Governments were anxious that hospitality extended to them there should be free. The sums collected, therefore, go to the general expenses of the scheme as a whole. These include the cost of transport, the provision of doctors, nurses, escorts, hostel accommodation in this country and special medical supplies. I am sure the House would wish me to take this opportunity of re-affirming our gratitude to all those in the Dominions who are providing safe sanctuary for our children and continuously devoting themselves to their welfare.

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