"Holidays-at-Home" Schemes.

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort. – in the House of Commons on 16th July 1942.

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Photo of Mr Ellis Smith Mr Ellis Smith , Stoke-on-Trent Stoke

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware of the satisfaction given by the organisation of enjoyment for the people brought about by the circular issued by his Ministry; is it intended to make this a permanent feature; will he consider later the experience gained in order to increase and improve the facilities; why no action was taken in the large industrial area of Sal-ford; and will he give the industrial areas where no action was taken in the OFFICIAL REPORT?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

The reports I have so far received indicate that the "Holidays-at-Home" schemes organised by local authorities have been most successful, and I should like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation of these local efforts. Whether they will be a permanent feature of our social organisation is not a matter which I can forecast but steps are being taken to keep a careful record of this year's experience as a guide for the future. As regards Salford, I understand that the annual holiday was commonly taken at Whitsun, and that it was not possible to organise holiday activities locally so early in the year. I regret the information asked for at the end of the Question is not available.