Oral Answers to Questions — Child Welfare (Departmental Responsibility).

– in the House of Commons on 19th February 1942.

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Photo of Mr Kenneth Lindsay Mr Kenneth Lindsay , Kilmarnock

asked the Prime Minister whether in order to safeguard the interests of the growing generation he will arrange for the Board of Education to resume full responsibility for all children, whether in evacuation or reception areas, in private homes, hostels or camp schools, for welfare and play-centres, and for the provision of all nursery accommodation?

Photo of Mr Clement Attlee Mr Clement Attlee , Stepney Limehouse

My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister cannot accept the suggestion implicit in the Question that any of the responsibilities of the Board of Education have been shifted to other Departments, and sees no occasion for disturbing the arrangements whereby the various Departments concerned with the welfare of children discharge their respective functions in mutual co-operation.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Lindsay Mr Kenneth Lindsay , Kilmarnock

Is my right hon. Friend aware that local education authorities are receiving circulars from six Departments and that there are three different bases of grants and that all this takes up a great deal of unnecessary labour? As this matter does not lend itself to being dealt with by Question and answer, I beg to give notice I shall raise it on a subsequent occasion.