HC Deb 10 October 1946 vol 427 cc347-8
32. Brigadier Mackeson

asked the Minister of Education what percentage of school-children applied to drink milk at schools at the commencement of the past summer holidays; and what is her estimate of the percentage who attended.

Mr. Hardman

I regret that the information is not available.

Brigadier Mackeson

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that considerable quantities of milk were wasted during the school holidays this summer, and will he say what steps will be taken during future holidays to prevent such waste? Will he consider allowing the mothers to have this milk during the holidays so that they may give it to the children at home?

Mr. Hardman

It has been pointed out in Circular 119, paragraph 19, that if irregular attendance causes a waste of school milk during the holidays the arrangement shall be brought to an end. Every effort is made to see, although local authorities are not under any legal obligation to arrange for the children to receive school milk during the holidays, that no waste takes place.