HC Deb 28 October 1937 vol 328 cc239-40
43. Mr. Day

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education whether he proposes to take any further action to make provision for a further supply of free milk to necessitous children; and has he any figures that will show the number of children at present receiving free supplies?

Mr. Lindsay

The number of children receiving free milk is about 400,000 in public elementary schools and about 30,000 in schools of other types. In October, 1932, the number of children receiving free milk in public elementary schools was only about 78,000, so that there has been a remarkable increase during the last five years. It is the practice of the Board of Education to urge local education authorities to make a greater use of their powers where the existing provision appears to be inadequate for the needs of the area.

Mr. Day

Does the Minister propose to support any further schemes for providing free milk to school children?

Mr. Lindsay

I think that is a separate question.