Whether there are new circumstances, calling for a reconsideration of the decision taken by Parliament in 1939 to postpone the operation of this Act, is a matter about which I am making inquiry, but I am not at present in a position to make a statement.
I have seen a number of comments, some of which are accurate and some rather out-of-date. I think we had better be sure of the facts before we make up our minds, The other point is that there is a good deal of administrative work entailed by this Act, both for my Department and the local authorities, who are very badly pressed. I must take those factors into account.
Will the Minister not ask the people who are dealing with these children? It is frightening. Many societies and many people who are deeply interested in children are aware that things are going on about which the House of Commons, if it knew the facts, would not lose a day before passing that Act.