asked the Minister of Health what is the weekly cost per child of maintaining the camp at Hemel Hempstead run by the National Camps Corporation; what is the average cost of similar camps throughout the country; what is the reason for difference; and what steps are taken to ensure that these camps are economically and efficiently run?
The average weekly cost per child of maintaining the camp at St. Margarets Farm, Hemel Hempstead, for the year ended 31st March, 1943, was 25s. 7d., the average weekly cost for the remaining 29 camps being 26s. The difference of 5d. is due to the varying number of children in each of the camps and to local variations in wages. An expert manager has been appointed in each camp and continual supervision is exercised by the corporation with a view to securing economical and efficient running of the camp.