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Evacuation

Volume 360: debated on Thursday 9 May 1940

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asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the fact that certain householders in reception areas have had evacuated children billeted on them continuously since the outbreak of war, he will take steps to authorise local authorities in such areas to establish and maintain camps for such children during the summer months?

There is a number of camps already provided by the National Camps Corporation which will be occupied during the summer months, but I cannot hold out the expectation that more could be provided by local authorities or otherwise before that time. The number of children who could be accommodated in this way is not large. I am, however, very much alive to the desirability of securing a period of relief for householders who have been taking care of children over a long period, and I hope shortly to be able to make further suggestions to local authorities for securing this result.