§ Mr. Keeling
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many homes and institutions run by charitable voluntary organisations were registered at the Home Office during 1943; how many children under the age of 17 they contained; how many of these homes and institutions are subject to inspection by his Department; how many inspectors were employed for this purpose; and how many visits were made by the inspectors.
§ Mr. H. Morrison
The number of voluntary homes in respect of which prescribed particulars were received at the Home Office in 1943 was 828, and the number of boys and girls under 17 in these homes was reported to be 34,355. The number of homes open to inspection by the Home Office was 406. The staff of inspectors attached to the Children's Branch numbers 14, but the visitation of voluntary homes is mainly undertaken by those specially allotted to this work. 1633W The number of visits made last year was 296. Two more inspectors have recently been appointed to enable more visits to be made.