HC Deb 11 April 1940 vol 359 cc696-7
44. Dr. Salter

asked the President of the Board of Education why, in Circular 1506, dated 19th March, on food education, giving particulars as to the intention of the Board, in conjunction with the Ministry of Food, to conduct a public campaign on nutrition and the wider use of home-produced foods, there is no mention of milk or as to its importance as a fundamental item in a healthy diet; and whether he will see that this omission is rectified in future circulars and publications on the subject?

Mr. Lindsay

The intention of Circular 1506 was to acquaint local education authorities with the purpose and organisation of the public campaign; the circular does not therefore deal with particular items of food. The value of milk, particularly for children, has been strongly emphasised in a leaflet issued in connection with the campaign, of which I am sending the hon. Member a copy. Copies have been sent in bulk to local education authorities for distribution to their domestic subjects staff, and for use by them in connection with courses and demonstrations.

Dr. Salter

Is the Minister aware that the circular contained references to sugar, meat and other rationed foods, together with suggestions for cooking and so forth, and that no reference whatever to milk was made from beginning to end?

Mr. Lindsay

I have the leaflet in my hand, and I see the word "milk" several times on it.

Viscountess Astor

In view of the fact that the drink trade are always telling people that drink is good for them, is it not important that we should advertise in order to make it clear that milk is better?

Sir H. Williams

Has the Minister's attention been drawn to the fact that all lions and tigers were brought up on milk?

Dr. Salter

Is it not a fact that milk is not mentioned in the circular in any way?