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Channel Islands (Refugees)

Volume 380: debated on Wednesday 17 June 1942

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asked the Home Secretary what arrangements have been made to look after the interests of British subjects from the Channel Islands now in this country; whether they have the same facilities as British subjects to benefit under social services; whether they are assisted to find work and accommodation; and how many are there in this country?

The number of refugees from the Channel Islands in this country is about 30,000. They have the same facilities as the people of Great Britain to benefit under social services and immediately on their arrival the appropriate Government Departments took steps to find accommodation for those who were unable to make their own arrangements and for the support of those without sufficient means and for helping any persons wishing to find employment. At the same time an influential voluntary committee was set up under the chairmanship of Lord Justice du Parcq which has done and is doing most valuable work in promoting the welfare of these refugees by grants of material assistance, by giving advice and information; in particular they have compiled comprehensive records for the purpose of enabling Channel Islanders to keep in touch with their relatives and friends.