HC Deb 04 December 1950 vol 482 c7
17. Mr. Dye

asked the Minister of Food what is the actual financial saving to date in the 14 Norfolk schools when the pupils have been without a supply of school milk this term; and what would have been the cost if the suppliers had continued their supplies with an extra charge for long distance delivery.

Mr. Webb

Since 16th November, when my hon. Friend was given information in this House about the supply of milk to these schools, arrangements have been made to supply five of them; and officers of my Department and the local education authority are still pursuing every possible means of arranging for a suitable supply to the others. The incidental saving to the Exchequer has been about £350. I cannot say how much an extra charge for delivery would have cost, since the same charge would not necessarily be appropriate in every case.

Mr. Dye

Does not the Minister think that it is an awful thing that, for the sake of £350, children's milk at school should be stopped when their fathers are producing the milk? [Laughter.] I mean when the local industry has been producing plenty of milk? Is it only a question of the price which can be paid, since there is plenty of milk available there?

Mr. Webb

I suppose that, if the only factor involved was the £350, it would seem rather awful, but there are other factors. I have called for a special report on the whole situation, and if anything further can be done, it will be done.

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