HC Deb 20 June 1939 vol 348 cc2003-4
43. Mr. Gallacher

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland the number of schools in Scotland where liquid milk is provided; and whether there are any elementary schools where it is not being provided?

Mr, Wedderburn

On 31st March, 1939, the latest date for which figures are available, liquid milk was provided in 1,888 grant-earning schools in Scotland. There were 1,252 grant-earning primary schools in which liquid milk was not being provided at that date.

Mr. Gallacher

Will the Under-Secretary impress upon these other schools the necessity of providing liquid milk?

Mr. Wedderburn

Yes, Sir, that is our policy, but most of these schools are small country schools where it is not possible to get a supply of certified milk.

Mr. T. Johnston

May I ask whether the number of schools which are not supplying liquid milk is an increasing or a decreasing number?

Mr. Wedderburn

I could not say whether it is an increasing or a decreasing number without notice.

Mr. Boothby

Is it not the case that schools which are not providing milk are, on the whole, smaller than the schools which provide the milk?

Mr. Wedderburn

Yes, Sir, that is implied in my answer, and the number of children having milk over the country as a whole is about 360,000, which, I think, is an increase.

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