HC Deb 27 February 1941 vol 369 cc643-4W
Miss Cazalet

asked the Minister of Health the total number of children who, after medical examination under the new order, have been compulsorily evacuated?

Mr. E. Brown

The number of children whom it has so far been necessary to evacuate compulsorily is six. It was, of course, expected that where the evacuation of a child was shown to be desirable on medical grounds the parents would normally agree and recourse to a compulsory Order would be. unnecessary. The total number of children so far evacuated in this way is not yet available but is unlikely to be large since, happily, the health of children in London remains good. I may say, however, that out of 395 children inspected in shelters in Kensington, the examining doctor was prepared to certify 14 for compulsory evacuation; all 14 are being sent away voluntarily.

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