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Child Care (Maintenance Payments)

Volume 440: debated on Thursday 24 July 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if, in view of the delay in bringing forward the proposed Criminal Justice (Amendment) Bill, he will, in the meantime, take power to provide State grants for the maintenance of girls found to be in need of care or protection or beyond control and placed in lodgings or under supervision by order of the Court, so as to enable such cases to be dealt with in the same way as those of girls who have committed offences.

I recognise the desirability of so amending the law as to enable payment to be made from public funds towards the maintenance of children and young persons who are subject to supervision orders containing a provision as to residence. I intend to propose this at the first suitable opportunity.