HC Deb 20 January 1949 vol 460 cc314-5
18. Mr. Piratin

asked the Minister of Education what is the latest date at which he has information concerning the implementation by local education authorities themselves of Circular 97 on the provision of outside assistance in the school meals service.

Mr. Tomlinson

1st July, 1946, was the date of the last return which I asked all local education authorities to send me about the employment of midday assistants in the school meals service.

Mr. Piratin

If July, 1946, is the latest date of the Minister's information how was he able, on 2nd December last year, to answer a Question of mine to the effect that he was satisfied that the authorities were taking steps to implement that circular?

Mr. Tomlinson

Because the representatives of the teachers and of the local authorities have been informed again and again of this circular, and any request or complaint made by local authorities is inquired into at once. Only one such complaint has been made and action is now being taken on that.

Mr. Ralph Morley

What action does my right hon. Friend's Ministry take in regard to those authorities which are not implementing Circular 97?

Mr. Tomlinson

They are instructed that it is their duty to do so.