HC Deb 28 July 1944 vol 402 cc1008-9W
Mr. Granville

asked the Minister of Health what facilities exist in the districts of the reception areas to enable evacuees, who, after suffering from the effects of bombing, make their own arrangements for evacuation to claim emergency coupons and the cash grant in the towns where they have found accommodation.

Mr. Dalton

I have been asked to reply. Bombed-out people who have not applied to the Assistance Board in their home area for immediate help in cash and coupons may do so in the reception area after their arrival.

Major Nield

asked the Minister of Information why his Department authorised the broadcasting, on 15th July, 1944, of adverse criticism of the reception of evacuees at Hoole, near Chester.

Mr. Bracken

The news item in question was not authorised by the Ministry of Information, nor was there any reason why it should have been. The B.B.C. included it in their news bulletins, which were intended to give a fair summary of certain facts and figures about evacuation which had been made public that day by the Minister of Health.

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