HC Deb 15 December 1938 vol 342 cc2158-9
34. Mr. David Adams

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that more than 2,800,000 school children are now receiving milk daily at school, and of these 460,000 receive it free; and whether he is instituting an inquiry into the nutritional standards of the families in the latter group, with a view to the raising of their standards of nutrition?

The Minister of Health (Mr. Elliot)

Investigations, including precise surveys of family diets, are being conducted on the recommendation of the Advisory Committee on Nutrition, appointed to inquire into the facts, quantitative and qualitative, in relation to the diet of the people, and to report as to any changes therein which appear desirable in the light of modern advances in the knowledge of nutrition. Similar surveys, with which, I understand, the committee are in close touch are also being carried out on behalf of the Carnegie Trust.

Mr. Adams

In view of the interest taken by the Government in the physical fitness campaign, cannot the right hon. Gentleman see that an inquiry into this matter is expedited?

Mr. Elliot

It is also very desirable that the surveys should be accurate.

Mr. Leonard

When the right hon. Gentleman is considering this report, will he also take into consideration the result of the latest experiments?

Mr. Elliot

I think they are being considered.