Canal Boats and Caravans Children).

Oral Answers to Questions — Police. – in the House of Commons on 25th July 1922.

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Photo of Mr Frank Briant Mr Frank Briant , Lambeth North

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asked the Home Secretary if his attention has been called to the conditions of life of children living on canal boats and in caravans; if he is aware that probably more than half receive no education whatever and the remainder only the most intermittent education; and if legislation can be introduced which will prevent the continuation of a mode of life which is inimical to the health, education, and general wellbeing of those who at present have no permanent dwelling except in canal boats and caravans?

Photo of Mr Edward Shortt Mr Edward Shortt , Newcastle upon Tyne West

The matter has been engaging the attention of the Government, but it is not practicable to propose legislation at the present time.

Photo of Mr Frank Briant Mr Frank Briant , Lambeth North

Is it not possible to propose legislation for next Session? As this has been considered for the last 20 or 30 years, and nothing has been done, is it not time that something was done?

Photo of Mr Edward Shortt Mr Edward Shortt , Newcastle upon Tyne West

I was answering about the present time. The matter is under consideration.

Photo of Mr John Davison Mr John Davison , Smethwick

Is it not the duty of the local authorities' officials to visit these places continuously?

Photo of Mr Edward Shortt Mr Edward Shortt , Newcastle upon Tyne West

That is a question which should be addressed to the Minister of Education.