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Orphanage, Reigate (Dispute)

Volume 387: debated on Wednesday 10 March 1943

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asked the Home Secretary whether he can give any information in connection with the trouble at the Spurgeon orphan homes at Wray Park, Reigate, Surrey; why the matron and nurses left as a protest against the superintendent; and how many nurses and others left the homes?

These homes are under voluntary management and the Home Secretary has no responsibility for the matters about which my hon. Friend is asking. We are, however, concerned that the children shall be properly cared for, and I am glad to say that one of the inspectors, who paid an immediate visit, found that the orphanage was being carried on successfully by a fresh staff with the help of local volunteers and that the children had not suffered in any way from the temporary disorganisation.