§ 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?
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?
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. 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?
Yes, Sir, that is implied in my answer, and the number of 2004 children having milk over the country as a whole is about 360,000, which, I think, is an increase.