HC Deb 02 July 1956 vol 555 cc88-9W
Captain Kerby

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if in view of recent proceedings concerning Miss Jean Callender, where a care and protection order was quashed by the High Court he will introduce legislation to forbid the use of uniforms by officers of voluntary children's societies so that the public may no longer be misled into thinking that they have an official Government status.

Major Lloyd-George

I am not satisfied that restrictive legislation of the kind suggested is necessary or desirable. So far as regards the status of officers of voluntary children's societies I would remind my hon. and gallant Friend that Section 62 of the Children and Young Person's Act, 1933, expressly provides for the institution of care or protection proceedings by officers of a society authorised by general or special order of the Secretary of State, and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children has been authorised to institute such proceedings since 1933.