HC Deb 02 August 1944 vol 402 cc1406-7W
Mr. Martin

asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the fact that there are a substantial number of old people still wishing to leave London, he will afford further facilities for them to do so.

Miss Horsbrugh

Apart from the organised evacuation of old people who have been rendered homeless, the Government Evacuation Scheme already provides for the issue of travel vouchers and billeting certificates to old people who can make private arrangements for their accommodation in safer areas; and the evacuation of old people must depend primarily on such arrangements. However, I am glad to say that some hostel accommodation has been made available for the reception of a strictly limited number of old people who cannot make their own arrangements, and vacancies are allocated by a selection panel under the chairmanship of Mr. I. P. Hayward of the London County Council.