Children's Homes (Inspection)

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th March 1945.

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Photo of Mrs Agnes Hardie Mrs Agnes Hardie , Glasgow Springburn 12:00 am, 13th March 1945

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is satisfied that there is sufficient inspection in Scotland of boarded-out children and children in orphanages and other institutions to ensure that they are properly cared for.

Photo of Mr Joseph Westwood Mr Joseph Westwood , Stirling and Falkirk District of Burghs

I would refer the hon. Member to my right hon. Friend's reply to the hon. Member for Shettleston (Mr. McGovern) on 7th March, when he stated that he hopes to announce shortly the personnel of a committee to consider the position of children who are deprived of normal home life.

Photo of Mrs Agnes Hardie Mrs Agnes Hardie , Glasgow Springburn

While thanking the right hon. Gentleman for that reply, which is quite satisfactory, may I ask him if he will consider asking the local authorities to invite the teachers to call attention to any cases that arise amongst school children?

Photo of Mr Joseph Westwood Mr Joseph Westwood , Stirling and Falkirk District of Burghs

I shall draw the attention of my right hon. Friend to the suggestion made by the hon. Lady.

Photo of Mr Adam M'Kinlay Mr Adam M'Kinlay , Dunbartonshire

Is the implication of appointing still another committee, that adequate machinery does not already exist in Scotland for dealing with this problem?

Photo of Mr Joseph Westwood Mr Joseph Westwood , Stirling and Falkirk District of Burghs

The implication is that England has set up a committee, and that it was promised to this House that we would set up a similar committee in Scotland, to inquire into this matter.

Photo of Mr Adam M'Kinlay Mr Adam M'Kinlay , Dunbartonshire

Why set up a committee in Scotland, to inquire into something that does not exist, because England has set up one?