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War-Time Nurseries (Prevention Of Infection)

Volume 388: debated on Thursday 1 April 1943

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asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the danger to the health of all children in combined day and night war nurseries from infectious diseases arising from the daily entrants; and whether he will give instructions that day-time and night nursery children shall be kept separate?

I am well aware of the dangers to the health of children remaining by night as well as by day in wartime nurseries. For this reason I have limited the number of children who may be kept at night to one-third of the total for whom provision is made in the day nursery. Moreover, the staff is strengthened where children are kept by night and there are special provisions for the airing and ventilation of the nurseries before the day children are admitted and after they leave the premises. As the children who have to be accommodated at night require this provision for short periods only, the children are constantly changing and under these circumstances it is not practicable nor has it proved necessary to keep them separate from those who are attending by day only.