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Transference (Juveniles)

Volume 345: debated on Thursday 30 March 1939

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asked the Minister of Labour the number of young persons under the age of 16 years who have been transferred from the provinces to the metropolitan districts of London for various kinds of employment during the two years ended the last convenient date under the Unemployment Insurance Act, 1934; and how many of these persons are in their original employment or have returned to their homes?

During the two years ended December, 1938, 1,8oo boys and 776 girls, under 16 years of age, were transferred from areas scheduled under the Juvenile Transference Scheme to employment in the Metropolitan area. I regret I cannot say how many of those are in their original employment or have returned home.

Can we be assured that special care is given to these juveniles when they are sent to London?

Yes, Sir; there is a most elaborate system of after-care, and in some cases hostels have been arranged for in areas where it is not easy to get suitable lodgings.

Are they given the opportunity of returning home if they become unemployed again?

That has often been stated. I could not give an answer except by making a speech which would last at least 10 minutes.