HC Deb 22 February 1938 vol 332 cc196-7
71. Mr. David Adams

asked the Minister of Agriculture whether, in view of the benefits resulting from the cheap milk scheme now in operation in selected parts of the Special Areas, it is intended to apply this scheme generally throughout the country; and whether it is intended that such cheaper supplies shall be made available to boys' clubs affiliated to the National Association of Boys' Clubs?

Mr. Ramsbotham

I have been asked to reply on behalf of my right hon. Friend the Minister of Agriculture. The cheap milk schemes at present operating in certain districts in the Special Areas are limited to expectant and nursing mothers and to children under school age and, as already announced, the Government intend to bring forward proposals for securing, in co-operation with the industry, a reduction in the price of milk generally to local authorities for the purpose of their maternity and child welfare arrangements. My right hon. Friend is not aware of any proposals for securing cheap milk supplies to boys' clubs which, in any case, do not come within the scope of the present Special Areas schemes.

Mr. Adams

Can the hon. Gentleman inform me when this new scheme will be put into effect?

Mr. Ramsbotham

I cannot anticipate the time of the legislation, but I hope it will be this Session.

Sir Percy Harris

Will the hon. Gentleman consider including hospitals in this scheme, so that they can have cheap milk?

Mr. Rhys Davies

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that there are some areas in this country which are very much more depressed than the areas which are scheduled as Special Areas? Will he bear in mind the children and the pregnant women in those areas?

Mr. Ramsbotham

I will bear that in mind.