HC Deb 24 April 1969 vol 782 cc633-4
9. Mr. J. E. B. Hill

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is the estimated total expenditure in 1968–69 and 1969–70 on school meals and milk.

Mr. Denis Howell

Net current expenditure on school meals and milk in England and Wales, at constant prices, is estimated at £88.2 million in 1968–69 and £87.6 million in 1969–70.

Mr. Hill

In view of the size of those figures, does the hon. Gentleman not agree that it is desirable to examine in greater detail the causes of food waste with a view to reducing if not eliminating it?

Mr. Howell

There has been a saving of £1.7 million in milk for the half-year. I do not think that the waste arises there. But as I think the hon. Member knows, we have recently appointed three catering advisers to deal with such matters as the quality of meals and wastage. Their efforts show signs of being welcomed by the local authorities.