HC Deb 11 September 1941 vol 374 cc330-1W
Mr. David Adams

asked the Minister of Health whether special provision is now made to ensure the welfare of all evacuated tuberculosis patients; and whether local after-care committees have been set up wherever practicable, to which the local histories of patients are made available?

Mr. E. Brown

The attention of local authorities has been drawn to their responsibilities towards tuberculous persons who come to live in their areas through wartime removal: and the importance of authorities exchanging information about such cases has been stressed. My Department will continue to encourage the work of after-care committees.

Sir G. Jeffreys

asked the Minister of Health how many of the mothers and babies recently evacuated from London under Government auspices had previously been evacuated at public expense, and had subsequently returned to their homes; and whether, in such cases, the parents will be called upon to pay the cost of re-evacuation?

Mr. Brown

I regret that the information asked for in the first part of the Question is not available. As at present advised, I am not disposed to adopt the suggestion in the second part of the Question as it would be a deterrent to re-evacuation and might result in placing children in danger owing to the action of their parents. Other steps will however continue to be taken to convince parents of the folly of bringing children back to the danger areas.

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