HC Deb 21 November 1950 vol 481 cc184-5
32. Mr. Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will consider supplying hot meals from schools kitchens to old people, distribution to be undertaken by voluntary organisations.

Mr. McNeil

I am indebted to my hon. Friend for the suggestion contained in his Question. I am considering whether any existing powers can be exercised to make provision for a service of this nature.

Mr. Hamilton

In view of the fact that in Fife at least, and certainly I think in other parts of the country, there is a widespread desire on the part of the voluntary organisations to implement this suggestion, will the right hon. Gentleman when he considers the matter apply speed, sympathy and commonsense to it?

Mr. McNeil

I promise my sympathy. I am very attracted to an obviously good idea, and I shall apply all the energy I can.

Mr. Henderson Stewart

In considering this matter, as he has promised to do, will the right hon. Gentleman take into special consideration the scheme precisely on those lines now submitted by the Fife County Council which they would operate themselves?

Mr. McNeil

This is a matter of arrangement. It is true that the Fife County Council has passed a scheme of this kind but, as my hon. Friend has indicated, I think by inference, there may be an easier way of operating it than directly through the county. Providing the machinery is utilised, I am sure everyone will be happy.

Mrs. Jean Mann

Is my right hon. Friend aware that such a scheme has been operating for the past two years by local authorities plus voluntary labour all round Scotland?

Mr. McNeil

No, Sir, I would be delighted to have details confirming this.