Evacuation (Children).

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Defence. – in the House of Commons on 29th May 1941.

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Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Fulham West

(for Mr. Martin) asked the Minister of Health the death rate amongst evacuated children; and how it compares with the normal death rate for children of the same age?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

The statistics available as to the death rate do not distinguish between evacuated children and native children. All the evidence available, however, goes to show that, in general, evacuation has had a beneficial effect on children's health.

Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Fulham West

(for Mr. Martin) asked the Minister of Health whether his attention has been drawn to the high accident rate amongst evacuated children; and what steps he feels able to take to diminish its incidence?

Photo of Mr Ernest Brown Mr Ernest Brown , Leith

I have no information to suggest that the accident rate among evacuated children is higher than among other children, but I should be very interested to examine any evidence on the point with which my hon. Friend can supply me.